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Feb 19, 2019

Altair Semiconductor’s Cellular IoT Solutions to be Featured in Multiple Use Cases at Mobile World Congress

Altair-Powered IoT Modules and Devices will be Showcased with Leading Partners at MWC in Barcelona, Including, Sierra Wireless, Sercomm, DT and Truphone


Mobile World Congress 2019 Exhibition Preview
February 25-28, 2019
Executive Meeting Rooms Hall 2, EMR 2B4EX and EMR 2B2EX


World’s First LTE Smart Ring with Panic Button

Sierra Wireless will be showcasing a new Altair-enabled “smart ring with Panic Button” from Nimb ( The mobile IoT (LTE-M/NB-IoT) connected ring features a highly discreet built-in panic button that can be easily triggered in case of emergency. The ring is powered by Sierra’s AirPrime® HL7800 module, the world’s smallest multi-mode LPWA module, which includes Altair’s ALT1250 Cat-M1/NB-IoT chipset. It also benefits from the highly integrated GNSS positioning capabilities of that same chip.

The HL78 R2C smart ring will be demoing at the Sierra Wireless booth: Hall 4, Stand 4A30


Next Generation Trackers

Sercomm will be showcasing a number of new tracker devices, targeted for consumer and asset tracking scenarios. These devices are based on Sercomm’s TPM540 module, which incorporates Altair’s ALT1250 Cat-M1/NB-IoT chipset. They will feature a range of additional capabilities, including GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Low Energy and optional sensors.

Sercomm will be demonstrating these cutting-edge technological and innovative solutions at its booth: Hall 2, Stand 2G3.


A World First: Fully GSMA-Compliant Embedded SIM Functionality within an IoT Module

Truphone will be demonstrating the world’s first fully GSMA-compliant embedded SIM (eSIM) functionality on an IoT module. Truphone’s bootstrap connectivity technology enables the module to connect out-of-the-box to Low-Power Wide-Area networks in multiple countries. This, along with its GSMA-accredited M2M remote SIM provisioning system, allows the device to fetch a SIM profile from mobile operators for ongoing local connectivity.

The demo will be performed with STMicroelectronics’ Wafer Level Chip Scale Package (WLCSP) eSIM on Murata’s 1SE Cat-M1/NB-IoT module, incorporating the STM32L4 ultra-low powered MCU. Powered by Altair’s ALT1250 chipset, the 1SE module includes ultra-low power consumption, enhanced security features and a highly reduced form factor.

See the demo at Truphone’s booth: Hall 6, Stand 6M60


The First Global IoT Ecosystem

Deutsche Telekom will launch its IoT Solution Optimizer, the world’s most advanced IoT solutions shelf designed to reduce the associated costs and risks of introducing new IoT solutions. A scalable online tool, it will allow enterprises to optimize the performance of IoT applications across multiple vertical markets, including smart city services, security systems and asset tracking.

Deutsche Telekom will showcase Altair’s ALT1250 all-in-one cellular IoT solution as part of the IoT ecosystem exhibit at its booth: Hall 3, Stand 3M31.


GSMA eSIM / iSIM Workshop

Altair will be participating in the GSMA’s eSIM Seminar MWC19: From Specification to Live Products, exploring the challenges in deploying eSIM and bringing devices to market. Ilan Reingold, Altair’s VP Business Development and Marketing, will be a panelist on the session Beyond eSIM in IoT addressing issues relating to security, scalability and connectivity.

The eSIM/iSIM Workshop will take place on Thursday, February 28 from 09:00-11:00am at CC1, Level 1, GSMA Seminar Theatre 1 (South Entrance)


Meet Altair at MWC 2019 and learn more about how our cellular IoT chipsets can help with your IoT deployments. Contact the Altair team to set a meeting:

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Feb 05, 2019

Altair’s All-in-One Cellular IoT Solution to Drive Explosive Growth in 2019

Record Sales Predicted for Company’s Dual-Mode LTE-M/NB-IoT Chipset, Featuring Market-Lowest Power Consumption, Optimal Size and Security


HOD HASHARON, Israel – February 5, 2019 – Altair Semiconductor, a leading provider of cellular IoT chipsets, announced today that its Cellular IoT chipset – ALT1250, is now featured in more than 10 modules, with tens of design wins in IoT applications such as smart meters, vehicle telematics, wearables and trackers. Moreover, the company sees significant growth in its IoT chipset shipment volume, expecting to ship millions of units throughout 2019.

“We have refined our cellular IoT chipset – the ALT1250 – to answer all the needs for low power IoT devices, including immediate availability for designing and launching IoT devices in the market,” said Oded Melamed, CEO of Altair. “Our proven, industry-leading combination of low power consumption, small size and security features adds up to a smart solution for manufacturers who are ready to deploy IoT products today.”

In 2018, Altair signed new partnerships focused on simplifying the commercialization of cellular IoT devices. This will serve as a catalyst for significant market growth in 2019 and beyond.

The company integrated a SIM within its chipsets – a key feature for IoT applications – with Giesecke+Devrient (G+D). With Ethertronics, the company integrated a small antenna, which enables key applications, such as wearables, smart meters and trackers. A new tracking and positioning capability embedded in the chipset was implemented with HERE Technologies. These partnerships and more, provide a level of integration that make the ALT1250 a complete IoT solution. The company also added significant security capabilities into the chipset, and further extended its industry-low power consumption.

“Our highly integrated ALT1250 makes device designers’ lives much easier, in terms of effort expended, time-to-market, expertise needed and overall cost of offering IoT solutions today,” added Melamed. “In addition, the ALT1250’s OneSKUTM technology means the chipset is available globally on all frequency bands, including in advanced markets such as Japan, Korea, Australia and the United States.”

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Jan 07, 2019

Take safety, songs and texts on the go with the Garmin® vívoactive® 3 Music – connected by Verizon

New GPS smartwatch lets users leave their phone and worries behind


OLATHE, Kan.–Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced the vívoactive 3 Music – connected by Verizon,its first GPS smartwatch with 4G LTE connectivity for safety features, music downloads and text messages right from the wrist – no phone required. Whether workouts happen in the gym or on the road, first thing in the morning or at dusk, alone or with a group, this new vívoactive 3 Music is designed to help users stay connected on the go and in case of an emergency.

New safety features built into the vívoactive 3 Music (Verizon), including assistance and incident detection, give users and their loved ones peace of mind. If anything should happen or the user feels unsafe for any reason, holding the watch’s button for five seconds can trigger a discreet message to notify pre-loaded emergency contacts and continuously share the user’s real-time location with them. The built-in incident detection feature senses when the wearer experiences an impact while walking, running or cycling, and will automatically notify pre-loaded emergency contacts of the user’s real-time whereabouts. And users can also let friends and family follow their activities in real-time whenever they’d like, simply by initiating the LiveTrack feature from the watch.

“The vívoactive 3 Music with 4G LTE connectivity gives you everything you need from your phone – safety features, text messaging and the ability to download and listen to music – now on your watch, so customers can leave their phones behind with confidence,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “Designed for customers who lead an active lifestyle, we’re excited to introduce these new safety and communication features to the Verizon-connected vívoactive 3 Music to give added peace of mind on the go, so leaving your phone at home can be a choice instead of a cause for panic.”

Featuring the same high-end fitness, wellness and smart connectivity features first introduced on the vívoactive 3 Music, the Verizon-connected version gives users an extra pep in their step with the ability to download their favorite songs or playlists1, including those from third-party music services like Deezer and Spotify (coming soon), right to their wrist. Simply download the music service app from the Connect IQ™ store, and sync. Then queue up those songs for easy listening with compatible Bluetooth® headphones (sold separately) phone-free, right from the watch.

Garmin Pay™, a contactless payment solution2 enabled by FitPay™, means users can leave their credit cards at home and still stop to grab a drink or to eat while out and about. Utilizing their Garmin Pay wallet, users have the same rewards and benefits of the physical cards, with the convenience of having them right on the wrist for contactless payment.

With Elevate™ wrist-based heart rate3 and over 15 built-in indoor and outdoor sports apps including yoga, cardio, strength training and more, the vívoactive 3 Music series is packed with features to keep up with a varied active lifestyle. The Garmin Chroma Display™ is easy to read — even in direct sunlight — and is housed under the premium durability of Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3. Like all Garmin wearables, it is safe for swimming and showering4. The vívoactive 3 Music (Verizon) uses the ALT1210 chipset from Altair Semiconductor, a leading provider of LTE chipsets.

The vívoactive 3 Music (Verizon) has a battery life of up to 5 days in smartwatch mode or up to 4 hours when connected to GPS, playing music and using the LiveTrack feature over 4G LTE5. A Verizon connected device plan is required to use the built-in safety features, texting, and music downloads. Visit the Verizon website for plan details. Pricing for the Verizon-connected vívoactive 3 Music will be announced with availability in Q1 2019. The vívoactive 3 Music – connected by Verizon will be showcased at the Garmin booth (30342) at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Jan. 8-11. Check out this video and visit for more information.

The vívoactive 3 Music – connected by Verizon is the latest innovation from the ever-expanding Garmin fitness segment that develops technologies to enhance and promote healthy and active lifestyles. Whether users are runners, cyclists, swimmers, multi-sport athletes, or simply looking to stay active throughout the day, there is a Garmin product that can help them reach their health and fitness goals.

For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary markets, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more information, visit Garmin’s virtual pressroom at, contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200, or follow us at,, or

May require premium subscription by a third-party music provider
2 Available for supported cards from participating banks; contact your bank for more information. Only available at NFC-enabled terminals.
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5 Battery life depends on 4G LTE usage and network conditions




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Nov 21, 2018

Altair Semiconductor and JIG-SAW Partner on LTE-Enabled Sensors for Industrial IoT

Alliance Leverages Altair’s Cellular IoT Technology and JIG-SAW’s Expertise in Automation Solutions

HOD HASHARON, Israel – November 21, 2018 – Altair Semiconductor (, a leading provider of cellular IoT chipsets, announced today it has partnered with JIG-SAW Inc. (, a leading provider of A&A (Auto sensor-ing and Auto Direction) solutions for IoT, to develop LTE-enabled sensors for a wide variety of global industrial IoT applications.

The partnership combines Altair’s dual-mode Cat-M/NB-IoT ALT1250 chipset with JIG-SAW’s software control technology to enable developers to create new IoT business models that can drive new efficiencies across their organizations. Potential market applications include IoT sensors for warehouse site management, equipment monitoring, logistics, and more.

“We are pleased to partner with Altair Semiconductor to bring end-to-end, power and cost-optimized LTE-connected solutions to IoT users around the world,” said Hiroto Ozaki, Chief Operating Officer of JIG-SAW. “The IoT market is expanding rapidly, and enabling control not only via the cloud, but also within the modem chip layer, offers significant value for IoT users by providing high monitoring quality and stabilized, consistent services.”

The collaboration will enable users with connected IoT devices to control and monitor individual devices and their statuses at all times via a modem chip connection. Additionally, auto-control services will enable users to address alerts in a timely manner.

“Because Wi-Fi is not always feasible or efficient for many industrial IoT applications, cellular is a strategic alternative for reliable, secure and low-cost connectivity to the cloud,” said Ilan Reingold, VP of Business Development and Marketing for Altair Semiconductor. “We are excited to collaborate with JIG-SAW to bring the most secure and effective LTE-enabled solutions to the global industrial sensors market.”

The integration will be demonstrated by JIG-SAW this month at re:Invent 2018, the Amazon Web Services annual user conference, in Las Vegas from November 26 – 30. The service is scheduled to launch in the Spring of 2019.



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Sep 10, 2018

HERE Technologies and Altair Semiconductor partner to enable enhanced security and reduced time-to-market for IoT tracking device designs

Altair’s dual-mode Cat-M1/NB-IoT ALT1250 chipset enables accurate tracking
devices that can run for years on a single charge. 

Integration of HERE positioning software on Altair’s cellular IoT chipset will be
demoed at MWC Americas.


LOS ANGELES, California – September 10, 2018 – Gaining visibility and traceability into a supply chain or logistics network has traditionally been difficult and expensive. This is chiefly because tracking an asset has usually entailed equipping it with a battery-hungry GNSS tracking device that would have a relatively short life depending on how frequently it would share its location.

HERE Technologies, a global leader in mapping and location services, and Altair
Semiconductor (, a leading provider of cellular IoT chipsets,
are working together to change that.

Today, the two companies announced a partnership to integrate HERE tracking and positioning software into Altair’s ALT1250 dual-mode LTE Cat-M1/NB-IoT chipset. The synergies between HERE’s software and Altair’s advanced algorithms will enable HERE customers, system integrators and tracking device manufacturers to significantly reduce device time to market and provide hardware-based security. The two companies plan to reduce overall power consumption of an end-to-end tracker application by optimizing the way the device communicates with the cloud. The integration will be demonstrated at this year’s Mobile World Congress Americas.

The combination of HERE location technology for high-accuracy end-to-end
tracking of assets and the ALT1250’s comprehensive IoT capabilities, will help
customers create broad new enterprise business models as well as drive new
efficiencies across their organizations.

The technology’s low cost makes it a good fit for tracking indoors and outdoors in
many scenarios. These include the tracking of non-powered factory or
construction equipment, warehouse inventory, roll cages and packages moving
through a logistics network. The technology enables long battery life, obviating the need to re-charge a device.

How it works

The ALT1250 is the market’s most highly integrated dual-mode Cat-M1/NB-IoT
chipset. It includes a GNSS receiver, an RF front-end supporting all commercial LTE bands within a single hardware design, a hardware-based security framework and an internal application MCU subsystem. The integration of HERE tracking and positioning software means the chipset will be able to locate itself using the strength of cellular signals, even when it is not possible to obtain a GNSS fix. The chipset can take advantage of the ability of HERE to provide online and offline positioning based on its database of cellular towers.

The ALT1250 has the lowest power consumption available in the cellular IoT
chipset market, thus significantly increasing battery-life and allowing for smaller
and lower cost IoT devices. With HERE software integrated, it can, over a lifetime of years, provide tens of thousands of updates on its status, such as its current location and, if on the move, its route and ETA. When utilized together with HERE Tracking, a fast and flexible IoT location platform, customers have a complete tracking solution that works out of the box. This means a customer simply needs to sign up to the HERE Tracking on-boarding portal to register devices, define geofences and settings, and then monitor tracked assets via a web or mobile dashboard.

“We are excited to work with Altair Semiconductor to smash down the cost barriers that have prohibited supply chains from effectively tracking their moving parts,” said Erminio di Paola, Head of Tracking at HERE Technologies. “The chipset’s blend of high performance tracking, low power consumption and affordability makes tracking a viable option today for a wide variety of uses and scenarios.”

“HERE Technologies is an excellent partner for driving Altair’s ultra-low power IoT chipsets into the location and tracker market segment,” said Lavi Semel, Director of Product Management at Altair Semiconductor. “By integrating HERE software into the ALT1250, customers will benefit from the synergy of both technologies, and reduce their time to market because the HERE software will already be included inside the ALT1250’s SDK.”

The integration will be demonstrated by Altair at Mobile World Congress Americas in Los Angeles from September 12-14.

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