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Alcatel-Lucent and Altair Semiconductor Enable TD-LTE Solutions for Emerging Markets

Companies to Jointly Participate in TD-LTE Field Trials in India and China

Barcelona, SPAIN – February 16, 2011 – Mobile World Congress – Altair Semiconductor, the world’s leading developer of ultra-low power, small footprint and high performance 4G LTE chipsets, today announced that their TD-LTE solution, combining Altair’s 4G LTE chipsets and Alcatel-Lucent’s (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) LTE infrastructure, has successfully completed interoperability (IOT) testing and will take part in several TD-LTE field trials in India and China, scheduled to start in the coming weeks. The solution offers carriers the most mature and cost effective TD-LTE solution available in the market today.

“Altair’s TD-LTE solution is a highly mature and cost optimized TDD terminal chipset platform, providing a perfect complement for our infrastructure systems and best positioning us to capitalize on the expected growth of the TD-LTE industry,” said Doug Wolff, Vice President, LTE End to End Solutions of Alcatel-Lucent. “Having successfully completed IOT testing with Altair, we are now ready to begin demonstrating the full capabilities of the market’s most advanced TD-LTE solution to customers around the world, beginning with the TD-LTE field trials in India and China.”

TD-LTE, a 4G wireless standard which was designed to operate in unpaired spectrum, is emerging as the de-facto 4G standard for TDD spectrum globally. Since China Mobile’s selection of TD-LTE as its 4G upgrade path, TD-LTE has received strong support from leading carriers around the world.

“TD-LTE, specifically in emerging markets, represents the highest growth potential for LTE in the coming years, and is a strategic focus area for Altair,” said Eran Eshed, Co-Founder and VP of Marketing and Business Development at Altair Semiconductor. “After more than a year of close collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent on commercializing our respective TD-LTE products, we feel confident in our ability to meet the performance and maturity expectations of our carrier customers, with a solution that also meets the aggressive price targets of carriers in these markets.”

About Altair Semiconductor
Altair Semiconductor is the world’s leading developer of ultra-low power, small footprint and high performance 4G semiconductors. The company’s products provide device manufacturers integrating 4G LTE technology into their products with a highly power-optimized, robust and cost-effective solution. Altair’s comprehensive product portfolio includes baseband processors, multi-band RF transceivers for both FDD and TDD bands, and a range of reference hardware and product level protocol stack software. Based on a novel, proprietary Software Defined Radio (SDR) processor, codenamed “O2P™”, Altair’s products are the smallest and most highly power optimized in the industry, offering an unmatched combination of flexibility and performance. For more information, visit the company’s website at Follow Altair on Twitter: @AltairSemi