2nd March 2015

Imagination and Altair report growing traction for Altair’s LTE devices with MIPS CPUs

Altair Semiconductor’s FourGee chipsets are engine inside millions of devices from 30+ manufacturers


MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS, Barcelona, Spain – 2nd March, 2015 – Imagination Technologies (IMG.L) and Altair Semiconductor report growing market traction for Altair’s LTE chipsets that utilize MIPS CPUs. Altair’s LTE devices, including the FourGee-3100/6200 chipset, have been the communications engine inside millions of devices sold by more than 30 connected device manufacturers to-date.

Altair’s chipsets with MIPS CPUs inside are designed to support a range of applications, including tablets, mobile hotspots, routers and M2M devices. They are deployed commercially on LTE networks around the world including:

·         Verizon Ellipsis 7 tablet, available exclusively from Verizon for its 4G LTE network

·         HP Chromebook 11” LTE, an ultra-portable device developed by HP in close collaboration with Google

·         ASUS Chromebook 13.3” LTE, available at major retailers across the United States

·         D-Link LTE eMBMS-enabled HDMI dongle, the first such product that is compatible with a leading U.S. carrier’s 4G LTE network

·         First International Computer, Inc. (FIC) Elija TF9300 9.7” Android tablet, a 3.5GHz LTE-enabled tablet computer

·         SoftBank BB Corp. devices used for its wireless Internet service in Japan

In addition, the FourGee-3800/6300 Category 4 chipset, the successor of the Category 3 FourGee-3100/6200 chipset, recently achieved Verizon Wireless chipset certification. The 3800/6300 chipset features download speeds of 150Mbps and upload speeds of 50Mbps, and supports advanced features such as VoLTE and eMBMS. It is already designed into multiple modules and end-user devices and is deployed commercially in leading carrier markets.

Eran Eshed, co-founder and VP marketing and business development for Altair, says: “MIPS CPUs are a key component of our FourGee LTE chipsets. The small silicon area of MIPS is key for highly cost-sensitive applications such as LTE, and its efficiency means we can achieve the highest levels of performance in the smallest silicon area and with the lowest power consumption. Imagination is a key partner for Altair to ensure the best possible solutions for next-generation LTE devices for mobile devices, IoT applications and beyond.”

Says Tony King-Smith, EVP marketing, Imagination Technologies: “MIPS CPUs are an ideal fit for LTE chipsets, and MIPS multi-threading technology offers a compelling value proposition for these devices. We are delighted that Altair recognizes this. The market clearly acknowledges the value of LTE-only devices, and we are delighted to continue our long-standing relationship with Altair as they continue to drive the MIPS architecture into a new generation of exciting new LTE enabled products.”

Altair’s chipsets leverage multiple MIPS CPUs controlling various functions, including the network processor subsystems. The multi-threading capability in the MIPS CPUs can be a particularly advantageous in balancing cost, performance and power, and can boost performance where multiple latency-sensitive tasks must be handled simultaneously.

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