Korea Telecom Selects Altair CAT-1 LTE Chipset to Showcase IoT Use Cases

Korea Telecom Selects Altair CAT-1 LTE Chipset to Showcase IoT Use Cases Image Credit: Altair

LTE chipset maker, Altair Semiconductor, Monday announced its FourGee-1160 Category 1 (CAT-1) chipset has been selected by Korea Telecom (KT) to showcase ultra-low power LTE connectivity for three Internet of Things (IoT) use cases at the “KT Internet of Small Things” Event in Korea last week.

According to Altair, the FourGee-1160 is the first chipset designed and optimized exclusively for LTE CAT-1 operation. The chipset which features ultra-low power consumption has been adopted by numerous M2M/IoT module and device makers and is expected to ship commercially by the end of this year, said the company.

Another unique feature of Altair’s Four-Gee-1160 CAT-1 chipset is Power-Save Mode (PSM), which enables terminals to enter a deep-sleep mode for long periods of time after notifying the base station. This reduces significantly the amount of power associated with frequent communication requests normally sent by the base station. PSM is a crucial element of many IoT/M2M applications, including smart metering, smart city and telematics, added Altair.

Byungkyun Kim, PhD, Vice President of Device Business Unit, KT
This Korea Telecom/Altair Semiconductor demonstration, is designed to show how mature LTE CAT-1 is, and to illustrate several typical use cases – among the many – that this IoT connectivity technology enables.

Eran Eshed, Co-founder and VP of Marketing and Business Development for Altair.
Smart gas or water meters, for example, require up to a 10-year battery to make good business sense. The 1160 was built for exactly these kinds of applications.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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