Altair Semiconductor, Ethertronics release high-performance small antenna technology, making way for tiny IoT and wearable devices

Altair Semiconductor, provider of cellular IoT chipsets, and Ethertronics, vendor of high performance antenna system solutions, announced this week 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.

The ALT1250 is an integrated dual-mode Cat-M1/NB-IoT chipset, with low power consumption and enabling longest battery life. 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.

“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.”

“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 in Los Angeles next week.


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