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Altair Semiconductor and Ethertronics Announce High-Performance Small Antenna Technology, Paving Way for Tiny IoT and Wearable Devices
[September 05, 2018]

Altair Semiconductor and Ethertronics Announce High-Performance Small Antenna Technology, Paving Way for Tiny IoT and Wearable Devices

HOD HASHARON, Israel, September 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

Altair Semiconductor ( ), a leading provider of cellular IoT chipsets, and Ethertronics (a subsidiary of AVX®) a  leader in high performance antenna system solutions, today announced a new small antenna technology, which will be demonstrated within a new cellular IoT wearable concept at Mobile World Congress Americas.

The technology is a significant breakthrough that combines Ethertronics' ultra-small antenna with Altair's ALT1250 dual-mode Cat-M1/NB-IoT chipset algorithms to reduce the size of cellular wearable devices without sacrificing performance.

"Ethertronics is a recognized leader in antenna design and tunable components, making it an excellent partner for developing this concept," said Dima Feldman, Head of Product Management for Altair. "Combining Altair's modem algorithmic capabilities with a world class antenna designer has resulted in the smallest antenna design for cellular wearable devices and other tiny IoT devices, setting a new standard for antenna performance that improves coverage, power efficiency and overall user experience."

The ALT1250 is the market's most highly integrated dual-mode Cat-M1/NB-IoT chipset, with lowest power consumption and enabling longest battery lif. It includes GNSS location positioning, a RF front-end supporting all commercial LTE bands within a single hardware design, a hardware-based security framework and an internal application subsystem.

"Until now, wearable device manufacturers have struggled to reduce the size of their products without sacrificing cellular coverage and overall performance," said Olivier Pajona, Chief Scientist for Ethertronics. "Altair's antenna tuning algorithm and leadership in integrated solutions, together with our expertise in antenna design, paves the way to developing the smallest and highest performing wearable devices."

The prototype will be demonstrated by Altair at Mobile World Congress Americas from September 12 to 14 in Los Angeles.

About Ethertronics 

Ethertronics is a global leader and innovator in ultra-high performance smart antenna system solutions for wireless communications. Ethertronics Active Steering Antenna technology provides performance enhancements for throughput, range, efficiency and reliability across a range of applications, from 5G to Wi-Fi and the Internet of Things. Ethertronics has shipped over 1.8 billion antenna systems that are being used by leading wireless handset and device manufacturers worldwide. Ethertronics is a subsidiary of AVX®, a global electronic component supplier & manufacturer. For more information, visit

About Altair Semiconductor 

Altair Semiconductor, a subsidiary of Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation, is a leading provider of LTE chipsets. Altair's portfolio covers the complete spectrum of cellular 4G market needs, from supercharged video-centric applications all the way to ultra-low power, low cost IoT and M2M. Altair has shipped millions of LTE chipsets to date, commercially deployed on the world's most advanced LTE networks including Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Softbank and KT (Korea Telecom). The company's customer roster includes some of the world's leading OEMs and ODMs, such as Hewlett-Packard, ASUS, D-Link, WNC, Sierra Wireless and Murata, as well as the majority of Asian ODMs developing LTE products for global markets. For more information, visit

Follow Altair on Twitter: @AltairSemi

Media/Analyst Contact:
Finn Partners Israel for Altair Semiconductor
Glenn Jasper
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SOURCE Altair Semiconductor

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