NETGEAR, known for the manufacturing of computer networking equipment and other computer hardware, recently selected Altair Semiconductor’s (News - Alert) FourGee-3100/6202 chipset to power its line of LTE routers.
Altair's chipsets are found in approximately 30 end-user devices, ranging from USB dongles to smartphones, built by its more than 15 customers across North America, Europe, China, India and Taiwan.
NETGEAR and Altair will work together to develop the very first product, the Mobile Broadband Router, a TD-LTE (News - Alert) router designed for home and small-office use. It will feature a high-performance Wireless LAN, USB-attached storage and ruggedized firewall.
The MBR1518 TD-LTE router will address the emerging needs of public fixed wireless and mobile operators.
“By teaming up with Altair to develop high speed mobile routers, we will be delivering, to our service provider customers, highly integrated, feature-rich single mode LTE and Voice over LTE products,” Michael Clegg, SVP and General Manager, Service Provider Business at NETGEAR, said in a statement.
Officials confirmed that the growth in TD- and FDD-LTE requires products like the MBR1518 TD-LTE router to help operators seamlessly migrate from one technology to another.
"We are excited to join forces with NETGEAR, a proven leader in fixed broadband technology, and we look forward to working closely with the NETGEAR team in bringing to market innovative and high-performance LTE products," said Eran Eshed, cofounder and vice president of Marketing at Altair. "The exclusion of 3G technology in favor of LTE will allow us to significantly reduce the overall cost of the device while maintaining the superior performance and user experience of 4G LTE."
In related TMC (News - Alert) news, Altair’s FourGee technology will be powering the new generation of Yota Devices' USB dongle, soon to be deployed on Yota Russia's LTE network.
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Edited by Braden Becker