By Raju Shanbhag
May 14, 2012
Altair Semiconductor is a provider of TD-LTE products. The company has explored markets in Brazil and has completed advanced pre-commercial field trials with carriers around the world, including Softbank in Japan, China Mobile and leading carriers in India. The company has also launched a cost and feature-optimized chipset specifically for the Indian TD-LTE market.
And the clients have been coming to Altair in the Indian market. Recently, Olive Telecom, a designer and supplier of wireless devices; 2G/3G mobile handsets and smart phones, connected mobile computing devices and advanced data modems, selected Altair Semiconductor’s Hornet, to power its Olive’s line of LTE enabled products.
Altair’s 4G LGE Chipsets, named FourGee-3100/6202 support both FDD and TD-LTE on a single semiconductor and software platform. This facility is available in any 3GPP frequency band between 700 and 2700MHz. The chipset supports throughputs in excess of 100Mbps/50Mbps DL/UL respectively and also offers a high performance 20MHz MIMO receive architecture, the company stated in a press release.
“We are very pleased to have been selected by a leading designer and supplier of mobile and portable devices such as Olive for use in their products,” said Eran Eshed, co-founder and VP of marketing and business development at Altair. “Olive’s selection of Altair reaffirms the leadership position Altair has built in the Indian market. We look forward to building on our partnership with Olive and continuing to expand our footprint in the Indian market.”
Altair has been eying the Indian market for a while now. Recently, TMC’s Miguel Leiva-Gomez reported that the company introduced an inexpensive chipset specifically catering to the Indian TD-LTE market. Over the next few years, India is expected to become one of the rapidly growing LTE markets on the planet. Altair’s chipset, known as “Hornet,” is based on extensive research and in collaboration with major Indian carriers.