IPWireless is working with LTE chipset and software defined radio developer Altair Semiconductor for a range of multi-band LTE modems that will support a number of global frequency bands.
The intention is to integrate Altair’s software-defined radio baseband processor into IPWireless’ LTE devices. The first USB modem will support multiple frequency bands including the 800MHz digital dividend band, 1800MHz and 2.5GHz.
According to Malcolm Gordon, chief operating officer of IPWireless, the Altair chipset will allow it to develop devices that support multiple spectrum bands, including the newly released 800MHz digital dividend spectrum band.
Subsequent devices will also support the entire US 700MHz and AWS frequency.
Samples of the device will be available by September, 2010, with commercial availability before the end of the year.
The chipset is Altair’s FourGee-3100 is a 3GPP LTE baseband processor that supports LTE category 3 (CAT-3) throughputs (100Mbps/50Mbps DL/UL respectively).
The chip implements a 20MHz MIMO receiver and is based on a proprietary Software Defined Radio (SDR) processor.
The chipset supports FDD as well as TDD versions of the LTE standard.
IPWireless is headquartered in San Francisco and has a technology development centre in Chippenham, UK.