Ericsson and Altair to demo 4G Cat-1 deep sleep mode for IoT

Altair’s FourGee-1160 chip set is designed to provide cost-optimized, low-power communication for terminals in M2M applications

Ericsson and Altair to demo 4G Cat-1 deep sleep mode for IoT

LTE chipset maker Altair Semiconductor and Ericsson are to demonstrate LTE Release 12 Power Save Mode (PSM) attributes at the Super Mobility Week event in Las Vegas next week. The demonstration will use Altair’s FourGee-1160 Cat-1/0 chipset within an Ericsson-populated infrastructure.

PSM, as specified by 3GPP Release 12, enables terminals to enter a deep-sleep mode for long periods of time after notifying the base station. This reduces significantly the amount of power associated with frequent communication requests normally sent by the base station.

“PSM is an excellent optimisation tool for a variety of LTE power-conscious IoT applications,” said Eran Eshed, VP of Marketing and Business Development at Altair. “We’re trailblazing along with our ecosystem partners to bring these solutions to market. The FourGee-1160 is the only true Cat-1 chipset in the market today. It is now also the first to offer the PSM capability.” 

Sebastian Tolstoy, Head of Radio Marketing and Communications at Ericsson, said: “Long battery life is a key enabler for large-scale Internet of Things (IoT) adoption, and what’s typically being asked for is battery durations of 10 years or more. 

“PSM is effectively addressing the challenge of battery life, enabling and optimising a multitude of IoT use cases with relatively infrequent communication requirements between end points and the network. It is a software upgrade only on the existing LTE network. 

“This demo between Ericsson and Altair will highlight the dramatic gains PSM enables, in terms of battery time for applications like alarms, smart gas/water meters and other sensors,” said Tolstoy.

The demo will take place at Ericsson’s Super Mobility Week Booth #4322 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, NV, from 9-11 September 2015.

  

 

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