World First 450 MHz LTE Cat-M/NB-IoT Chipset

Altair Semiconductor’s ALT1250 dual mode CAT-M/NB-IoT chipset can now operate in the 450 MHz spectrum. Altair announced that the chipset is now powering the Asiatelco LM66 IoT module, which provides LTE connectivity for a range of devices, and has been developed to provide agricultural solutions for large-scale farming in Brazil.

Operating in the 450 MHz LTE spectrum and utilizing Ericsson’s LTE eNBs, Altair’s cellular IoT chipset enables agricultural companies using smart sensors and connected tractors applications to optimize farming practices. The solution uses location tracking, driver behavior monitoring, and fuel consumption optimization.

Altair’s dual-mode cellular IoT chipset, ALT1250, is the only available CAT-M and NB-IoT solution trialed to run at 450 MHz. It is one of the most highly integrated dual-mode CAT-M/NB-IoT chipsets, with an extended battery life. The chipset supports Global LTE bands within a single hardware design and supports both satellite and cellular positioning tracking. The Altair-powered LM66 modules are capable of connecting and delivering data over the LTE450 network as well.

Altair believes there’s a global trend resulting in a significant amount of 450 MHz spectrum being re-allocated for new use cases on LTE450 networks, as legacy 2G and 3G networks are being retired. The 450 MHz spectrum is ideal for agricultural IoT applications, providing superior network coverage essential for the wide and often remote farming locations that exist in Brazil, and thus the company is banking heavily on the ALT1250 chipset to revolutionize cellular IoT connectivity across Brazil. The solution was field tested and demonstrated the potential of 450 MHz’s frequency reach in agriculture use cases. This chipset should enable an exciting range of transformative applications in rural areas.

Click here to view detailed specifications of the ALT1250.