Altair Semiconductor Chipsets Now Operational on 450MHz Frequency Band

    Altair Semiconductor Chipsets Now Operational on 450MHz Frequency Band

Becomes first chipset provider to announce support for LTE over this spectrum,
joining leading infrastructure vendors who have committed to providing LTE
solutions for 450MHz

PR Newswire

HOD HASHARON, Israel, November 14, 2012

HOD HASHARON, Israel, November 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Altair Semiconductor, a leading developer of ultra-low power, small footprint
and high-performance 4G LTE chipsets, today announced that its
FourGee-3100/6202 chipset is now capable of supporting LTE deployments on the
450MHz frequency band. On a single chipset, Altair now natively supports the
frequency range of 380-470 MHz in addition to full support of 3GPP Release 9
bands in the range of 700-2700MHz.

Its low frequency and excellent propagation characteristics make the 450MHz
band a very attractive and low-CAPEX alternative to the narrowband and less
spectrally efficient CDMA450 technology currently in use. Similar to the
Digital Dividend band, 450MHz is expected to deliver broadband services to
people in remote and rural areas.

"Altair is the first chipset vendor to offer a 450MHz-compliant product," said
Eran Eshed, Co-Founder and VP of Marketing at Altair. "We look forward to
working with our operator partners and customers to introduce innovative LTE
products for tens of millions of consumers in markets such as Latin American
and Eastern Europe. Our ability to seamlessly support this frequency band,
alongside more mainstream LTE FDD and TDD bands, enables smooth harmonization
with the global LTE ecosystem."

450MHz spectrum has been officially allocated in Brazil, as well as in other
Latin American and Eastern European regions, for use in rural areas. Earlier
this year, Brazil's Ministry of Communications signed a statement of
commitment with a large infrastructure vendor to develop LTE technology for
use in this band. Spectrum holders in the 450MHz band currently include
Brazil's four largest mobile operators: Claro (America Movil), Vivo
(Telefonica), Telecom Italia Mobile and TNL (Oi).

About Altair Semiconductor

Altair Semiconductor is the world's leading developer of ultra-low power,
small footprint and high performance 4G semiconductors. Altair's chipsets can
be found in approximately 30 end-user devices - ranging from USB dongles to
smartphones - built by its more than 15 customers across North America,
Europe, China, India and Taiwan - making it one of the only TDD/FDD LTE
chipset manufacturers in the world with commercially available products.
Altair's comprehensive product portfolio includes baseband processors,
multi-band RF transceivers for both FDD and TDD bands, and a range of
reference hardware and product level protocol stack software. Based on a
novel, proprietary Software Defined Radio (SDR) processor, codenamed "O[2]P™",
Altair's products are the smallest and most highly power optimized in the
industry, offering an unmatched combination of flexibility and performance.
For more information, visit the company's website at Follow Altair on Twitter: @AltairSemi

Media Contact:

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Matthew Krieger

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