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By Rich Handley

Altair Semiconductor Unveils Automotive IoT Chipset

Altair Semiconductor, a provider of cellular Internet of Things (IoT) chipsets, is supplying the cellular IoT technology that powers the new PassTime Encore automotive tracking device. The unit employs Altair's ALT1250 cellular IoT chipset.

The chipset's low power consumption enables the Encore unit to maintain functionality for several years with only a small internal battery, the company reports. This allows dealers to place the device almost anywhere inside a car unobtrusively. The multi-year battery life enables dealerships and automotive lenders to track a vehicle throughout the life of a loan. The wire-free, self-powered unit doesn't require the services of a professional installation technician and can be placed inside a vehicle within minutes. This reduces the logistical challenges and overall costs of vehicle tracking, according to Altair.

"Encore is a revolutionary product for auto dealers, auto finance companies and car fleets," said Todd Goodnight, PassTime's executive VP of product management, in a prepared statement. "It was enabled by Altair, the only vendor capable of delivering a cellular IoT chipset with the multi-year battery life in the chassis size our solution required."

"The Encore is a really innovative application of our chipset," added Dima Feldman, Altair's head of product marketing, in the prepared statement. "It utilizes the ultra-low-power consumption and compact size of the ALT1250 to facilitate vehicle tracking and opens new opportunities in the vehicle telematics market." Altair's cellular IoT chipsets feature a hardware-based security framework and a set of host, peripheral and sensor interfaces, making them suitable for integration in a range of industrial and consumer IoT applications.

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