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Altair, Anadigics team to push LTE adoption

Posted: 29 Jan 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LTE? USB? power amplifier? 3G?

Altair Semiconductor and Anadigics Inc. are joining forces to drive Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology adoption. The companies have already delivered innovative solutions to the marketplace, as well as having experience in the wireless communications industry as individual companies.

In this latest cooperation, Altair is integrating Anadigics power amplifiers (PAs) into the recently announced FourGee LTE USB ExpressCard UE (User Equipment). The card has undergone extensive and successful interoperability testing and is currently being used in various field activities throughout the world. LTE is the natural evolution to existing, widespread 3G networks around the world. It is gaining strong momentum worldwide, with 42 LTE network operators in 21 countries already announcing a commitment to the 4G technology.

"Altair's LTE work with Anadigics is a powerful extension of our existing and fruitful cooperation in the mobile WiMAX space," said Eran Eshed, co-founder and VP of marketing and business development, Altair. "Our strategic relationship with Anadigics will continue to be valuable for both organizations as Altair develops new reference design products in support of additional RF bands."

"Anadigics is proud to play a role in the development of 4G solutions such as LTE. By working with leaders like Altair, not just to enable but to drive 4G and LTE adoption, we make it possible for operators to migrate their networks to new technologies that support the next generation of wireless applications," commented Greg White, senior VP, RF products, Anadigics. "Our collaboration with Altair emphasizes the importance of having innovative RF products that provide our partners and customers with industry leading solutions for advanced 3G and 4G applications. We are pleased to be providing LTE PAs that enable Altair's FourGee LTE USB ExpressCard UE to provide exceptional performance on data upload with low power consumption."

Altair's FourGee LTE USB ExpressCard UE is one of the industry's first Category-3 datacard solutions. Based on Altair's FourGee-3100/6200 baseband/RFIC LTE chipset, the ExpressCard is an ideal test and interoperability testing UE platform for system vendors and carriers involved in the development, trials and deployment of LTE systems. The FourGee LTE USB ExpressCard UE is also a reference design for terminal manufacturers working to develop commercial products based on the FourGee family of LTE chips. Anadigics power amplifiers are recognized for their high linearity and high efficiency in the industry's smallest packages.

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