Japan’s KDDI Certifies Altair CAT-1 Chipset/Ecrio’s VoLTE for Commercial Roll-out

Japan’s KDDI Certifies Altair CAT-1 Chipset/Ecrio’s VoLTE for Commercial Roll-out

Japan’s KDDI Certifies Altair CAT-1 Chipset/Ecrio’s VoLTE for Commercial Roll-out

Approval Paves Way for Availability of Voice Services on IoT Devices in Japanese Market.

Altair Semiconductor, a leading provider of LTE chipsets, and Ecrio, the leading provider of LTE real time communications client software, today announced that Altair’s ALT1160 chipset – along with Ecrio’s MCCS VoLTE solution – have been certified for deployment on KDDI’s Japanese network.

This VoLTE certification was based on extensive interoperability, conformance and performance testing to ensure rapid deployment of new IoT voice services.

Altair’s ALT1160 is a CAT-1 chipset designed specifically for IoT and M2M applications, such as wearables, vehicle telematics, smart meters and security applications. The ALT1160 features best-in-class power consumption, extending battery life beyond 10 years, and offers unique features such as enhanced security and a customizable application layer.

Based on the mature and patented FlexIMS™ architecture, Ecrio’s MCCS VoLTE solution enables a broad range of voice services on LTE enabled devices. It is standards compliant and has been certified and deployed globally on a variety of device types on Carrier Networks.

Hiroshi Tsuji, General Manager at KDDI, said:

“This VoLTE certification is an important milestone for KDDI, as it enables our customers to add differentiated voice services on CAT-1 enabled IoT devices in Japan.”

“We are looking forward to a continued partnership with Altair and Ecrio.”

“This long-time partnership with KDDI and Ecrio will accelerate the introduction of IoT voice services in high value industrial and consumer use cases,” said Eran Eshed, Co-founder and VP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Altair. “We are pleased to have been awarded this certification by KDDI and are committed to supporting their business as they roll out advanced IoT services in the Japan market.”

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with KDDI and Altair to deliver VoLTE solutions across LTE device categories,” said Michel Gannage, Founder and CEO of Ecrio.

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AT&T approves Altair Semiconductor’s ALT1210 LTE-M chipset for its network

Altair Semiconductor’s ALT1210 LTE-M chipset has been approved by AT&T to run on its IoT network, the company has announced.

The move ‘furthers Altair’s commitment to AT&T and broadens the device and module partner ecosystem supporting LTE-M deployments’, the company added.

The chipset has multiple use cases, including in powering trackers, wearable devices, and sensors. It also offers minimal power consumption, and is software upgradeable to single antenna LTE CAT-1.

“LTE-M is essential to carriers’ cellular IoT strategies,” said Eran Eshed, Altair VP worldwide sales and marketing. “Being able to offer pre-certified chipsets and modules will significantly help vendors bring products to market quickly and cost effectively.

“Our LTE-M collaboration with AT&T extends the existing and strategic CAT-1 engagement.”

AT&T launched a pilot of its LTE-M network in San Francisco late last year. As this publication reported at the time, Altair was named, alongside other companies including Ericsson, Qualcomm Technologies and Sierra Wireless, as partners in the pilot. In February, AT&T said it was ahead of schedule in the LTE-M network’s deployment.

“LTE-M has the potential to connect more devices and applications than anything before,” added Cameron Coursey, vice president of Internet of Things solutions at AT&T. “When you introduce a new technology like LTE-M, it’s very important to bring together an ecosystem of network provides, module providers and chipset providers.

“Having Altair’s ALT1210 LTE-M chipset certified on AT&T’s network will help accelerate the promise of LTE-M,” Coursey added.

As Coursey posited in a ReadWrite article last month, the key aspects for businesses to consider when choosing an IoT network are around coverage, mobility, battery life – for the device side – and cost. “Building a successful IoT solution is all about matching your connectivity needs to the right technology or mix of technologies,” said Coursey. “Whether you choose one network technology or take a multi-network approach, you want the best blend of coverage, performance, and value.”

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IoT Platform as a service Carriots acquired by Altair

Product engineering and industrial design firm Altair announced this week it has acquired Carriots, a Platform as a Service to build IoT applications, for an undisclosed amount.

Altair Engineering has been on an acquisition spree. Prior to Carriots, it acquired four companies during 2016-17 that include MODELiiS, Solid Iris Technologies, CEDRAT SA, and AWE Communications. Most of the acquisitions except Carriots were in electrical engineering and software development niche.

Carriots’ IoT PaaS includes an SDK engine, a data store, scale prototypes, restful API, and JavaScript API. Companies from smart buildings, retail, banking, and logistics sectors can build custom IoT apps, integrate with 3rd party systems, and even make products/devices internet-connected through the PaaS offering.

Research Nester estimates the global IoT market to reach $ 724.2B by 2023 and Carriots’ acquisition will let Altair enter this promising niche. “We are combining Altair and partner technologies with the Carriots platform to become a leader in IoT, including applications to support our customers’ digital twin strategies,” said James R. Scapa, Altair’s Founder, Chairman and CEO.

Carriots was well poised to compete in the IoT Cloud Platform Landscape with its DIY- and maker-friendly IoT PaaS offering.


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Altair first with GNSS (GPS) integrated in Narrowband Cat-M1 and NB1 cellular IoT chipset

Altair first with GNSS (GPS) integrated in Narrowband Cat-M1 and NB1 cellular IoT chipset

Chipset Provider Demonstrates Global Navigation/Location System of New ALT1250 Cellular IoT Chipset at Sierra Wireless Innovation Summit in Paris.

Altair Semiconductor today demonstrated GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) functionality integrated in its new ALT1250 narrowband CAT-M1 and NB1 (NB-IoT) chipset. The ALT1250 is the only narrowband cellular IoT chipset in the market today that incorporates GNSS/GPS functionality.

Eran Eshed, Co-founder and VP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Altair, said:

“Location determination is essential in many IoT applications – including asset tracking, vehicle monitoring and wearable devices. Satellite positioning is the most accurate method for doing that.”

“Integrating GNSS functionality in the ALT1250 significantly reduces the overall cost of IoT solutions while offering state of the art, low power satellite positioning capabilities in a miniature package. The market is responding well to it.”

In addition to GNSS functionality, the ALT1250’s extreme level of integration eliminates the need for most external components required to design a cellular IoT module. Approximately the size of a shirt button and less than 100mm2 in size, an ALT1250 module features support for both Release 13 standards – CAT-M1 and NB1, and includes a wideband RF front-end supporting unlimited combinations of LTE bands within a single hardware design, a multi-layered and hardware-based security framework, an internal application MCU subsystem and packaging that enables standard, low-cost PCB manufacturing.

“Altair continues to lead the narrowband cellular IoT market with the most integrated, feature-rich and cost-efficient chipsets available,” added Eshed. “We called the ALT1250 a game-changer when we announced it several months ago – integrated GNSS is one of a large set of groundbreaking innovations offered by this chip.”

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Altair Powers Latest Verizon-Certified Vehicle Telematics Offering from Queclink

Altair Powers Latest Verizon-Certified Vehicle Telematics Offering from Queclink

Queclink Selects Altair’s Low Power CAT-1 Chipset for On-Board Vehicle Immobilizer.

Altair Semiconductor today announced that Verizon Wireless has certified a new vehicle telematics device manufactured by leading machine-to-machine (M2M) solution provider Queclink, and powered by Altair’s LTE CAT-1 chipset.

Queclink’s tracking products are designed for automotive tracking, fleet management, tracking & tracing, lone worker safety, mobile health care, remote monitoring and control of assets, and wireless alarms to cover most popular applications via the Internet. The newly launched mini vehicle tracking device can remotely immobilize a car if the owner defaults on their lease payments.

“Altair’s technology and market experience make it the ideal partner in our mission to provide reliable telematics solutions that meet our customers’ specific requirements,” said Edwin Peng, VP of Queclink Wireless Solutions. “The ALT1160 CAT-1 chipset addresses our need for an extremely low power and efficient solution.”

Altair’s CAT-1 chipset employs advanced idle and sleep mode power management. Designed specifically for IoT and M2M applications, including vehicle telematics, wearables, smart meters and security systems, the ALT1160 offers a combination of low cost, reduced power and small size that is unmatched in the market.

Eran Eshed, Co-Founder and VP of Worldwide sales and Marketing for Altair Semiconductor, said:

“As more insurance companies and businesses adopt telematics, we’ll see an uptake in cellular IoT solutions that uniquely meet the power and economic parameters these devices require. We are pleased to have been chosen by Queclink and look forward to continue supporting our global customers in advancing a new generation of LTE-powered telematics solutions.”

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