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November 3, 2009

Altair launches LTE USB ExpressCard user equipment

Claims to offer download speeds of 100Mbps and upload speeds of 50Mbps

By CBR Staff Writer

Altair Semiconductor has launched FourGee LTE USB ExpressCard UE (user equipment). It is an LTE category 3 ExpressCard, supporting download speeds of 100Mbps and upload speeds of 50Mbps.

The company said that the FourGee LTE USB ExpressCard UE platform is a reference design for terminal manufacturers working to develop commercial products based on the FourGee family of LTE chips.

According to Altair, the features of the USB ExpressCard include power consumption within the USB specification power budget (<2.5W); ExpressCard34 form factor with a USB2.0 HS host interface. It is available in select FDD/TDD bands in the range of 700M-2700MHz; and includes full-featured, IOT tested LTE L1 and protocol stack.

The FourGee LTE USB ExpressCard UE is part of the company’s portfolio for LTE, which also includes LTE CAT-3 baseband processor FourGee-3100, a MIMO RF transceiver that supports LTE-TDD FourGee-6150 and a multi-band LTE MIMO transceiver that covers all global FDD/TDD bands FourGee(-6200.

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Eran Eshed, co-founder and VP of marketing and business development of Altair, said: The lack of small form-factor UEs has been a major challenge for carriers and vendors in trialing and commercializing LTE networks and devices. The immediate availability of the FourGee ExpressCard UE and the upcoming release of Altair’s USB dongle and handset reference design will significantly accelerate this process while also offering simplicity to the LTE ecosystem.

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