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Altair Selects Rohde & Schwarz as Strategic Test Equipment Partner for Market-Leading New IoT Chipsets
World's Smallest Modules Featuring Altair's ALT1250 CAT-M1/NB1 Chipset will be Demonstrated at Mobile World Congress

HOD HASHARON, Israel, Feb. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Altair Semiconductor (, a leading provider of LTE chipsets, today announced that it has selected Rohde & Schwarz as its strategic partner for test equipment for its dual-mode CAT-M1/NB1 IOT chipset ALT1250 as well as next-generation IOT chipsets. This test equipment will be used for protocol testing as well as RF, RRM performance and carrier tests. Rohde & Schwarz is a leading global manufacturer of wireless communications and EMC test and measurement equipment and plans to develop new testing protocols for Altair's next generations of cellular IoT chipsets.

"Our ALT1250 chipset is already forming the foundation for multiple current and emerging IoT applications," said Ilan Reingold, VP of Business Development and Marketing for Altair. "The choice of Rohde & Schwarz is part of our commitment to the highest quality of advanced validation and performance testing for our game-changing products."

The ALT1250 is the market's most highly integrated dual-mode CAT-M1/NB-IoT chipset. Modules with ALT1250 inside are the world's smallest, and may be as small as 100mm2 in area. The ALT1250 includes GNSS location positioning, a wideband RF front-end supporting all commercial LTE bands within a single hardware design, a multi-layered and hardware-based security framework, an internal application subsystem and packaging that enables standard, low-cost PCB manufacturing.

The Rohde & Schwarz R&S CMW500 is the industry's leading test platform, offering the most validated CAT-M1/NB-IoT protocol conformance tests. It allows manufacturers and test houses to use a single instrument to verify that chipsets, modules and devices comply with GCF and PTCRB standards, and specific network operator requirements.

"This announcement confirms the commitment of Rohde & Schwarz to the wireless industry to provide innovative test tools and solutions that allow the testing and certification of cellular IoT devices," said Anton Messmer, Vice President Mobile Radio Testers for Rohde & Schwarz. "We are pleased to have been selected by Altair and are looking forward to supporting them in the development of highly integrated chipsets in conformance with 3GPP Release-13 standards for CAT-M1 and NB-IoT, and beyond."

Altair will be demonstrating partner modules based on ALT1250 at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain from February 26 to March 1, 2018 at Altair meeting rooms in Hall 2, Stands 2B2Ex and 2B4Ex. Rohde & Schwarz will showcase CAT-M1/NB-IoT test solutions with the R&S CMW500 at MWC in hall 6, booth 6C40.

About Rohde & Schwarz
The Rohde & Schwarz technology group develops, produces and markets innovative test and measurement, information and communications technology products for professional users. Rohde & Schwarz focuses on test and measurement, broadcast and media, cybersecurity, secure communications and monitoring and network testing, areas that address many different industry and government-sector market segments. Founded more than 80 years ago, the independent company has an extensive sales and service network in more than 70 countries. On June 30, 2017, Rohde & Schwarz had approximately 10,500 employees. The group achieved a net revenue of approximately EUR 1.9 billion in the 2016/2017 fiscal year (July to June). The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and also has regional hubs in Asia and the USA. R&S® is a registered trademark of Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG. All press releases, including photos for downloading, are available on the Internet at

About Altair Semiconductor 
Altair Semiconductor, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation, is a leading provider of LTE chipsets. Altair's portfolio covers the complete spectrum of cellular 4G market needs, from supercharged video-centric applications all the way to ultra-low power, low cost IoT and M2M. Altair has shipped millions of LTE chipsets to date, commercially deployed on the world's most advanced LTE networks including Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Softbank and KT (Korea Telecom). The company's customer roster includes some of the world's leading OEMs and ODMs, such as Hewlett-Packard, ASUS, D-Link and WNC, as well as the majority of Asian ODMs developing LTE products for global markets.

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