The ALT1250's extreme level of integration eliminates most of the external components required to design a cellular IoT module. Approximately the size of a shirt button and less than 100 mm 2, an ALT1250 module features support for both Release 13 standards – CAT-M1 and NB1, and includes a wideband RF front-end supporting unlimited combinations of LTE bands within a single hardware design, an integrated GPS receiver, a multi-layered and hardware-based security framework, an internal application MCU subsystem and packaging that enables standard, low-cost PCB manufacturing.
"With carriers expected to begin operating IoT services on CAT-M1 and NB1 networks by the middle of the year, the new ALT1250 comes at the right time. It possesses the much anticipated combination of features, power and cost required to support massive rollout of such services," said Eran Eshed, Co-founder and VP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Altair.
"This chipset is a real game-changer," added Eshed. "The long debate is over regarding how competitive cellular chipsets can be compared to proprietary LPWA. The ALT1250 is the evidence that cellular technologies are not only superior in functionality, reliability and security, but are also as cost-efficient or more compared to non-cellular options."