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Altair Cellular IoT Chipset Drives Vehicle Tracking Device

By Ken Briodagh November 12, 2019

According to a recent announcement, Altair Semiconductor, a global provider of cellular IoT chipsets, is set to provide cellular IoT technology for a new PassTime Encore automotive tracking device. The chipset is the ALT1250.

The Altair chipset’s low power consumption is designed to enable the PassTime Encore unit to maintain functionality for several years with only a small internal battery, the company said. The small battery allows Encore its small size, so that dealers can place the device almost anywhere inside a car.

The unit is wire-free and self-powered, reportedly, so it does not require the services of a professional installation technician.

“Encore is a revolutionary product for auto dealers, auto finance companies, and car fleets,” said Todd Goodnight, EVP, Product Management at PassTime. “It was enabled by Altair, the only vendor capable of delivering a cellular IoT chipset with the multiyear battery life in the chassis size our solution required.” 

Altair’s cellular IoT chipsets reportedly include a hardware-based security framework and a set of host, peripheral and sensor interfaces, suited for integration in a range of industrial and consumer IoT applications.

“The Encore is a really innovative application of our chipset,” said Dima Feldman, Head of Product Marketing, Altair Semiconductors. “It utilizes the ultra-low-power consumption and compact size of the ALT1250 to facilitate vehicle tracking, and opens new opportunities in the vehicle telematics market.”


Ken Briodagh is a storyteller, writer and editor with about two decades of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.

Edited by Ken Briodagh

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