Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Altair Semiconductor and AIÓN Wireless team up for 1st LTE Windows-7 Tablet

Altair and AÍON Wireless have announced the TXA140 Windows-7
Tablet with LTE, and the AU116 for Windows-8.
Altair Semiconductor, headquartered in Israel, has announced that Netherlands-based AÍON Wireless has developed the first Windows7-based Tablet PC with LTE connectivity, by utilizing Altair's FourGee™ -3100/6200 LTE chipset. AÍON Wireless had first announced they had "developed and released" the  TXA140 LTE tablet in May 2011.

In their press release, Altair describes the TXA140 LTE Model as a 10.1” touchscreen tablet with Bluetooth, and WiFi 802.11 b/g/n wireless support, along with LTE connectivity. While he could not name the carriers that are evaluating the Windows-7 LTE tablet, Eran Eshed - Co-Founder and VP of Marketing at Altair, says that testing has been performed by mobile network operators in Germany, Sweden, Norway, The Netherlands, and Belgium.

Eshed also provided details on the application processor in the TXA140, a 1.2GHz Intel® Atom™ Processor Z6500, which he says is in the process of being upgraded by AÍON to the 1.5GHz Intel® Atom™ Processor Z670. Altair and AÍON Wireless are also working on a 2nd-generation LTE tablet to be released in the first half of 2012, the AU116, which will feature a 11.6” display and Windows 8 compatibility on a Intel® Core™ i5-470UM Processor

Altair has specified that their 3100/6200 baseband processor supports LTE throughputs in excess of 100Mbps Download (DL) and 50Mbps Upload (UL). The company has developed a proprietary O²P™ Software Defined Radio (SDR) architecture, which supports both Frequency-division duplex (FDD) and Time-Division Duplex (TDD) versions of LTE in frequency bands between 700MHz and 2.7GHz.

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