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Feb 14, 2018

ERICSSON, SONY MOBILE AND ALTAIR ANNOUNCE LTE-M eHEALTH CONCEPT DEMO

LTE-M/Cat-M1 connected eHealth concept for diabetes monitoring, based on Sony Mobile cloud-based service, wearable prototype powered by Altair’s ALT1210 Chipset and Ericsson’s commercial Massive IoT network solution to be demonstrated at MWC

HOD HASHARON, Israel –– February 14, 2018 –– Altair Semiconductor (altair-semi.com), a leading provider of LTE chipsets, today announced its collaboration with Ericsson and Sony Mobile to demonstrate a new concept for LTE-M/Cat-M1 powered diabetes monitoring at this year’s Mobile World Congress.

The wristband prototype connects via Bluetooth to a smart transmitter for Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) provided by Senseonics (http://www.senseonics.com/). The wearable wristband monitors and displays blood sugar levels, activity, sleep and heart rate, alerting the user when glucose levels drop, and is used in conjunction with the Sony cloud solution and Xperia smartphone application. Altair’s ALT1210 chipset provides the wearable device with LTE-M/Cat-M1 connectivity to the cloud, without dependence on a smartphone for cellular coverage.

“The wristband prototype is one proof of concept for health services with the potential to significantly improve quality of life,” said Izumi Kawanishi, Director, EVP, Product Business Group, Sony Mobile Communications Inc. “We selected Altair’s ALT1210 chipset as it offers unparalleled low power consumption and cost efficiency, while its reduced size is essential for integration in the wristband form factor.”

The ALT1210 is an LTE Cat-M1 chipset, software upgradeable to single antenna LTE Cat-1, with extremely low power consumption. It is highly integrated with an on-chip PMU, DDR memory and low-power application layer subsystem with a robust security framework for customer-developed applications, enabling designs with just a few external components. The ALT1210 is ideal for a variety of IoT applications such as trackers, wearable devices, sensors and numerous other consumer and industrial IoT devices.

“The ALT1210 chipset was designed specifically to facilitate the smooth migration from LTE Cat-1 to LTE-M/Cat-M1 networks, providing low-cost and low power LTE connectivity for a range of IoT applications,” said Ilan Reingold, VP of Business Development and Marketing for Altair. “We are excited to be working with market leaders like Sony Mobile and Ericsson to demonstrate the benefits of LTE-M/Cat-M1 connectivity for the health wearables market.”

Ericsson has an e2e Massive IoT network solution, supported by Massive IoT RAN SW features and IoT core network products including Evolved Packet Core (EPC).

Marie Hogan, Head of Broadband and IoT RAN, Ericsson, said: “We are committed to developing robust, global Massive IoT solutions that may be deployed on existing LTE networks enabling new capabilities and facilitating the support of new IoT use cases and applications. This concept demo using Sony Mobile’s healthcare vision, the capabilities of Altair’s LTE-M/Cat-M1 chipset and Ericsson’s Massive IoT solution, is a great example of how low-cost and power-efficient connectivity can pave the way for a range of industrial and consumer IoT applications.”

The eHealth concept and wristband will be demonstrated at Ericsson’s booth: Hall 2, Stand 2O60 at Mobile World Congress from February 26 to March 1 in Barcelona. Altair will be meeting customers and partners at Altair meeting rooms in Hall 2, Stands 2B2Ex and 2B4Ex.

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