Friday, October 28, 2016

Altair links IoT nodes on first US commercial LTE-M site

By Nick Flaherty www.flaherty.co.uk

The ALT-120 from Sony-owned LTE chipset provider Altair Semiconductor is being used in the first commercial roll out of the LTE-M network for the Internet of Things (IoT) in the US. 

The ALT-1210 is one of the first chipsets supporting LTE Cat-M connectivity, and the first to enable Cat-M devices on an LTE-M enabled commercial site, which was launched in support of the pilot of AT&T's LTE-M Low-Power Wide-Area network at the AT&T Labs in San Ramon, California.

Similar to its ALT-1160 Cat-1 predecessor, the ALT-1210 enables greater than 10 years of battery life, and featuring Release 13 Cat-M extended coverage and IoT-optimized throughput, provides a lower cost, higher performance solution than proprietary LPWA solutions.

"The Altair ALT-1210 chipset enables the future of IoT today, providing low-cost and low power LTE connectivity for a range of industrial and consumer IoT applications," said Cameron Coursey, Vice President of Product Development, Internet of Things Solutions at AT&T. "We are pleased to extend our strategic cooperation with Altair, leveraging our first-to-market LTE-M enabled site."

"We are very excited to be working with AT&T to enable future advances in the IoT ecosystem and North America's first Cat-M enabled commercial site," said Eran Eshed, Co-Founder and VP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Altair. "Altair has a long history of innovation and first-to-market LTE chipsets solutions; in that sense we find a very synergistic relationship with AT&T."

The ALT-1210 is already designed into several module and device solutions by tier one ODM/OEM manufacturers, and is available for commercial deployments in the fourth quarter of 2016.

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