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TMCNet:  Gigastone Selects Altair's Verizon-Certified Chipset to Power the SmartBox® Wireless Portable Multimedia Router

[January 09, 2013]

Gigastone Selects Altair's Verizon-Certified Chipset to Power the SmartBox® Wireless Portable Multimedia Router

HOD HASHARON, Israel, January 9, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Altair Semiconductor (http://www.altair-semi.com), the world's leading developer of ultra-low power, small footprint and high performance 4G LTE chipsets, today announced that its FourGee™ LTE chipset has been selected by Gigastone to power its LTE-enabled SmartBox® product. The SmartBox® is an innovative all-in-one portable WiFi/LTE router which includes capabilities such as secure file storage & cloud access, content sharing & streaming and mobile power charging.



Earlier this year, and following more than three years of global commercial shipments, Altair's 3100/6202 chipset became one of the first LTE chipsets to achieve Verizon Wireless LTE chipset certification.

"The use of Altair's Verizon-Certified chipset shortened our development time and will shorten the deployment time of our SmartBox®, saving us both significant effort and money," said Michael Wang, CEO of Gigastone. "The Verizon-certified product is the first in a line of products which we plan to introduce based on the Altair chipset. The maturity and multi-band TD/FDD-LTE capabilities of the Altair chipset will enable us to introduce devices into virtually any market globally." Altair is a leader in the global LTE chip industry, with Altair-based products currently commercially shipping into numerous carrier networks around the world in America, Europe, Japan, China and India.

"We are very excited to have been selected by Gigastone to power one of the LTE industry's most innovative products to date," said Eran Eshed, Co-Founder and VP of Marketing at Altair. "We look forward to working closely with Gigastone to quickly get this product into the hands of consumers and to continue serving as a strategic partner as they introduce new technology and devices to the market." About Altair Semiconductor Altair Semiconductor is the world's leading developer of ultra-low power, small footprint and high performance 4G semiconductors. Altair's chipsets can be 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 - making it one of the only TDD/FDD LTE chipset manufacturers in the world with commercially available products. Altair's comprehensive product portfolio includes baseband processors, multi-band RF transceivers for both FDD and TDD bands, and a range of reference hardware and product level protocol stack software. Based on a novel, proprietary Software Defined Radio (SDR) processor, codenamed "O[2]P™", Altair's products are the smallest and most highly power optimized in the industry, offering an unmatched combination of flexibility and performance. For more information, visit the company's website at http://www.altair-semi.com. Follow Altair on Twitter: @AltairSemi Media Contact: Finn Partners Israel for Altair Semiconductor Matthew Krieger +972-544-676-950 matthew@finnpartners.co.il SOURCE Altair Semiconductor

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