Today, Altair Semiconductor announced that its FourGee chipset has been certified by Verizon Wireless to run over its 4G LTE network.
This announcement marks the first time that a chipset vendor has been certified by Verizon. The chipset supports both FDD and TDD variants using single software and covers any LTE frequency band in the range between 700-2700MHz.
Verizon Wireless’ qualification process is designed to improve time-to-market and reduce the cost associated with the introduction of new machine-to-machine (M2M) and 4G LTE devices. The certification opens the door for Altair-based 4G LTE devices to hit the market by the end of this year.
Software Defined Radio merges Digital Signal Processor cores with firmware. However, it resulted in high power consumption, excess heat generation by the chip and quick device battery discharge.
Altair says their software defined architecture has solved this problem and supports virtuall all common standards (e.g. LTE in conjunction with EDGE/HSPA+/EVDO) simultaneously, implementing a true roaming-capable, multimode “world” solution.