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By Rich Handley

Altair Semiconductor Receives SoftBank NB-IoT Validation for Cellular IoT Chipset

Altair Semiconductor, a provider of cellular Internet of Things (IoT) chipsets, has announced that its ALT1250 products has been validated for NB-IoT by SoftBank, in addition to CAT M1. Following this announcement, the chipset is now active on SoftBank's network. The validation enables ALT1250-based products to operate on SoftBank's network, which the company says will address the demand for low-power cellular-connected smart meters, telematics devices, trackers, wearables and home appliances.

Altair's cellular IoT chipsets are designed to provide low power consumption and a long battery life. Commercially available now, they feature a hardware-based security framework and a set of features including integrated MCU and GNSS, which make them suitable for integration in a range of industrial and consumer IoT applications, the company reports.

"Altair's ALT1250 chipset is one of the outstanding cellular IoT solutions," said Takenori Kobayashi, the VP of SoftBank's Device Technology Division, in a prepared statement. "As a market leader in IoT, SoftBank is constantly looking for chipset platforms that will boost our connectivity range. We believe the ALT1250 can make us stand out in the global marketplace and provide increased value to our customers. More plans with Altair's ALT1250 are yet to come."

"SoftBank is a world leader in cellular IoT, and we are proud to have been validated by them," said Ilan Reingold, Altair Semiconductor's VP of business development and marketing, in the prepared statement. "We are delighted to have been successfully tested for interoperability and look forward to finding new opportunities in Japan, where Altair already has an excellent track record."

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