Ericsson and Altair to demonstrate first Cat-1 deep-sleep Power Save Mode for LTE

Sebastian Tolstoy Sebastian Tolstoy, Head of Radio
Marketing and Communications
at Ericsson

Altair Semiconductor, a provider of LTE chipsets, is to give a demonstration with Ericsson at Super Mobility Week, to illustrate LTE’s Release 12 Power Save Mode (PSM) attributes of Altair’s FourGee-1160 Cat-1/0 chipset within an Ericsson-populated infrastructure.

“PSM is an excellent optimisation tool for a variety of LTE power-conscious Internet of Things (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.”

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.

“Long battery life is a key enabler for large-scale 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 optimizing 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,” said Sebastian Tolstoy, Head of Radio Marketing and Communications at Ericsson. “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.”

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

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