Lantiq is beefing up its networking ICs with LTE circuitry from Altair Semiconductor. The combination will allow OEMs to build gateways with integrated LTE connectivity.
The two semiconductor companies said Lantiq will integrate Altair's LTE chipsets into its XWAY GRX family of network processors.
The Altair FourGee-3100/6200 is a 3GPP LTE chipset that offers both TDD and FDD capabilities and has been extensively tested for interoperability with all leading infrastructure solutions.
Lantiq's broad network processor portfolio and Altair's FourGee chipset allow OEMs/ODMs to develop a variety of LTE CPE equipment, from simple LTE bridge modems up to multi-service LTE gateways, optimized for different regional market requirements in Europe, Asia and the Americas, the two said.
"It has long been recognized that LTE will be an important option for delivering broadband service to both fixed sites, as well as mobile users," said Eran Eshed, co-founder and vice president of marketing and business development for Altair Semiconductor.
Ulrich Huewels, senior vice president and general manager of Lantiq's CPE business, said: "We see growing demand in LTE gateways in both emerging markets, as well as in established markets. Our joint solution with Altair enables customers to perfectly tailor their systems toward the specific requirements of these markets by adding Ethernet, Wi-Fi connectivity, DECT/CAT-iq or standard voice solutions."
The joint system solution is planned to be available in Q1 2012.