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Monday, September 26, 2011

Lantiq and Altair team for LTE home gateway

Combines Lantiq’s network processors with Altair’s LTE chipset By Nick Flaherty

German chip maker Lantiq has teamed up with Altair Semiconductor to speed development of LTE-ready home gateways.  The deal combines Altair's ultra-low power, small footprint and high performance 4G LTE chipsets with Lantiq XWAY GRX family of network processors.
The Altair FourGee-3100/6200 is a 3GPP LTE chipset that offers both TDD and FDD capabilities and has been extensively tested for interoperability with all leading infrastructure solutions. The deal allows OEMs and ODMs to develop a variety of LTE CPE equipment, from simple LTE bridge modems up to multiservice LTE gateways, optimised for different regional market requirements in Europe, Asia and the Americas. The joint system solution is planned for Q1 2012.
Lantiq’s connectivity and voice product portfolio, including Fast/Gigabit-Ethernet, WLAN, FXS, DECT/CAT-iq solutions, complements the system offering allowing customers to build LTE gateways from pure data-only gateways up to high-end LTE gateways, including voice.
Altair’s software driver and Lantiq’s Universal Gateway (UGW) firmware will speed up the system integration at OEMs/ODMs and will allow faster time-to-market.
“The LTE market offers the highest growth rates in the wireless sector with subscribers growing at a CAGR of 217% from 2010 to 2015. Just in 2011, LTE subscribers are expected to grow by over 600% from last year, indicating deployments are beginning to accelerate” said Richard Webb, Directing Analyst, Microwave and Small Cells at Infonetics Research. “Carriers will need high-function LTE gateways to manage dense deployments of small cells required to support new high-capacity services, address broadband white spots as well as competing against fixed-line broadband services.”
“We see growing demand in LTE gateways in both emerging markets as well as in established markets. Our joint solution with Altair enable customers to perfectly tailor their systems towards the specific requirements of these markets by adding Ethernet, Wi-Fi connectivity, DECT/CAT-iq or standard voice solutions,” said Ulrich Huewels, senior vice president and general manager of Lantiq’s CPE business. “Through the cooperation with Altair Semiconductor, we extend our offering to the emerging wireless broadband market and enable our customers to leverage their GRX-based software investment to easily upgrade their systems to LTE gateways.”

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