26 January 2010


Anadigics’ PAs integrated on Altair’s ExpressCard for power-efficient LTE uplink

Altair Semiconductor of Hod Hasharon, Israel, which develops low-power, small-footprint semiconductors for 4G handheld devices, and Anadigics Inc of Warren, NJ, USA, which provides radio frequency integrated circuit (RFICs) for the broadband and wireless communications markets, have announced a cooperation focused on driving adoption of LTE (long-term evolution) technology.

The two firms have already collectively delivered solutions to the marketplace. In their latest cooperation, Altair is integrating Anadigics power amplifiers (PAs) into the recently announced FourGee LTE USB ExpressCard UE (User Equipment), which — with an ExpressCard34 form factor and a USB2.0 HS host interface — provides low-power-consumption data upload (within the USB specification power budget of less than 2.5W). The card has undergone extensive interoperability testing (IOT) and is now being used in field activities worldwide. As the natural evolution to existing, widespread 3G networks around the world, LTE 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,” says Eran Eshed, Altair co-founder and VP of marketing & business development. “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,” he adds.

“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,” says Greg White, Anadigics’ senior VP of RF products.

Altair’s FourGee LTE USB ExpressCard UE is one of the first Category-3 datacard solutions (with speeds of 100Mb/s on download and 50Mb/s on upload). Based on the FourGee-3100/6200 baseband/RFIC LTE chipset, ExpressCard is a test and IOT UE platform for system vendors and carriers involved in the development, trialing and deployment of LTE systems. It is also a reference design for terminal manufacturers working to develop commercial products based on the FourGee family of LTE chips. Altair says that Anadigics’ power amplifiers are recognized for their high linearity and efficiency in what are claimed to be the industry’s smallest packages.

The FourGee LTE USB ExpressCard UE is available in select FDD/TDD bands in the range 700–2700MHz. Altair’s portfolio for LTE also includes the FourGee-3100 LTE CAT-3 baseband processor, the FourGee-6150 MIMO LTE RF transceiver (which supports LTE-TDD), and the FourGee-6200 multi-band LTE MIMO transceiver (which covers all global FDD/TDD bands).

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