San Francisco, Calif.-based IPWireless (www.ipwireless.com), a provider of 3GPP technology, and Israel's startup Altair Semiconductor (News - Alert) (www.altair-semi.com), a developer of ultra-low power 3GPP long term evolution (LTE (News - Alert)) chipsets, have inked a partnership to jointly develop a suite of multi-band LTE modem solutions that will support key frequency bands for global LTE deployments.
Consequently, IPWireless will integrate Altair's cutting-edge software-defined radio (SDR) baseband processor and RFIC chipset into its LTE modem devices. According to the partners, the LTE USB modem will support triple bands, which include 800 MHz digital dividend band, 1800 MHz and 2.5 GHz. Subsequent devices will also support the entire US 700 MHz and advanced wireless services (AWS) frequency. The first LTE USB modem dongle to result from this effort will be sampled in September with commercial availability before the year end, IPWireless said in a statement.
"Mobile broadband has become a strategic imperative for mobile operators as consumers now expect high-bandwidth applications, such as video and content-rich Internet, to run smoothly on their mobile devices. As such, operators are continually looking at ways to improve this service and increase both capacity and data speeds," said Malcolm Gordon, chief operating officer of IPWireless. "By partnering with Altair Semiconductor to develop LTE modem devices, we are providing mobile operators and their customers with a high performance, low power solution that will satisfy the needs of consumers as LTE networks are deployed globally. Altair's flexible chipset architecture enables us to rapidly develop devices that meet mobile operators' growing demand for high quality LTE solutions that support multiple spectrum bands, including the newly released 800 MHz digital dividend spectrum band."
According to Eran Eshed, co-founder and vice president of marketing and business development at Altair, 'The combination of their innovative technology, product integration expertise and our patented software-defined radio 4G chipsets has allowed us to jointly develop one of the first commercial LTE modems for mobile operators looking to get a jump on deploying LTE networks and provide their users with an extraordinary experience."
The LTE modem module will incorporate Altair's FourGee-3100 baseband and FourGee-6200 RFIC chipset as well as IPWireless' proprietary technology and software. The FourGee-3100 is a 3GPP LTE baseband processor that supports LTE category 3 (CAT-3) throughputs (100 Mbps/50 Mbps DL/UL respectively). The chip implements a 20 MHz multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) receiver and is based on a proprietary, cutting edge O²P™ SDR processor with performance that exceeds traditional communications DSP cores, yet consumes a fraction of the power. While the FourGee-6200 is a high-performance, wideband frequency division duplex / time division duplex (FDD/TDD) radio IC which covers any 3GPP LTE frequency band in the range of 700-2700 MHz.
As a result, the chipset supports FDD as well as TDD versions of the LTE. And has undergone extensive interoperability testing (IOT) with major infrastructure vendors, said the partners in a statement.
In addition to Altair's chipset, IPWireless' LTE solution will also use a custom designed multi-band MIMO antenna for improved cell edge and peak rate performance. Besides supporting Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems, the LTE modem will also have the capability to handle over-the-air (OTA) software updates without disruption to the user, said the developers.
Concurrently, IPWireless also plans to integrate Altair's FourGee-3100/6200 baseband/RFIC chipset into its PCI (News - Alert) Express Mini Card (PEM) for use in LTE networks.