Published On: Mon, Nov 17th, 2014

ASUS Selects Israeli Altair Semiconductor for New Chromebook

Altair Semiconductor

Israel’s Altair Semiconductor, a leading developer of high-performance, single-mode LTE chipsets, announced that ASUS, one of the world’s top-three consumer notebook vendors, has selected Altair’s LTE chipset for a new Chromebook.

While Wi-Fi is a standard feature, 4G LTE has only recently been introduced to Chromebooks. Altair’s FourGee-3100/6202 LTE chipset, certified to run over Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network, provides ASUS Chromebook users with a 100Mbps broadband internet connection.

Altair Semiconductor produces high-performance, single-mode LTE chipsets. The company boasts that by focusing 100% on LTE solutions, Altair enables the introduction of competitively priced connected devices to the market. The company’s chips have been qualified by the world’s top LTE carriers. More than 30 original design manufacturers around the world have selected Altair to connect more than 80 end-user devices such as tablets, netbooks, USB dongles, portable hotspots, fixed routers and modems, and M2M applications.

“We are pleased to provide a trailblazer such as ASUS with an ‘always connected’ solution, ” said Eran Eshed, Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Altair. “Users today are either confined to Wi-Fi hotspots or experience noticeable speed degradation when switching to 3G networks. That’s why LTE solutions are ideal for Chromebooks. An LTE-enabled Chromebook provides users with a seamless experience, better mobility, and faster response time, all critical for effective and enjoyable cloud computing.”

The Wi-Fi- and LTE-enabled 13.3″ ASUS Chromebook is available at major retailers across the U.S.

Chromebook sales continue their upward trend, with shipments rising 67 percent in the third quarter of this year over the prior three months, according to ABI Research. Increased consumer demand for Chromebooks is expected to continue for the foreseeable future, according to ABI, with an expected doubling of sales in 2014 compared to last year.

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