South Korea’s Largest Telecom Company Approves Three TechPLEX Modules, as Cellular IoT Adoption Gains Force
HOD HASHARON, Israel – June 14, 2016 – Altair Semiconductor, a leading provider of LTE chipsets, today announced that TechPLEX, a provider of next-generation mobile communication technology, is utilizing Altair’s FourGee-1160 Category 1 (CAT-1) chipset in three IoT modules that have been certified for use on KT’s nationwide network.
The Altair chipset addresses the key IoT issues of cost, power consumption and coverage to enable optimized modules and devices that support advanced features such as VoLTE and LWM2M device management. The FourGee-1160 also integrates a power-optimized MCU subsystem with enhanced security, facilitating end device applications running on the LTE baseband chip without the need for an external MCU.
“LTE penetration in South Korea is among the highest in the world, and cellular IoT adoption is quickly on the rise,” said Eran Eshed, Co-founder and VP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Altair. “We are pleased to collaborate with TechPLEX and KT to provide our market-leading cellular IoT solution and enable the introduction of attractive, cost-effective IoT services.”
With Altair’s CAT-1 chipset, TechPLEX’s LGA TP1150, LGA TP1250 and M.2 TP1300 modules will provide IoT communication for various application, such as bicycle tracking, water metering, smart watches, sensor nodes and blood pressure monitors, etc.
“The new LGA and M.2 modules leverage Altair’s core chip technology to provide low-cost, low-power LTE connectivity optimized for IoT applications,” said Byeongho Yoon, CEO of TechPLEX. “With a highly mature, carrier-certified software, we can address the demands of a range of consumer and industrial IoT applications.”
This certification follows KT selecting Altair’s CAT-1 chipsets to provide LTE IoT connectivity, which was announced last November at the “KT Internet of Small Things” event in Korea.
“Altair has consistently proven that its CAT-1 chipsets are able to meet the most aggressive power and feature requirements we expect to implement in a wide range of IoT applications,” said Byungkyun Kim, PhD, Vice President of Device Business Unit, KT.
Altair’s FourGee-1160 is the first chipset designed and optimized exclusively for LTE CAT-1 operation. It features ultra-low power consumption, support for a variety of typical host/peripheral interfaces, an embedded power management unit and a flexible application layer with hardware based security. The chipset has been adopted by numerous M2M/IoT module and device makers and is expected to ship commercially by the end of this year.