STMicroelectronics is teaming up with Semtech Corp. to develop products based on Semtech’s long-range (LoRa) wireless RF technology for the advancement of the Internet of Things (IoT). ST will also join the LoRa Alliance, consisting of a group of semiconductor and service providers for open collaboration on IoT driven by the LoRa protocol. Both Sematech and ST say that through standardization and a strong ecosystem, technology adoption with large volumes will happen for IoT.
ST says it will use the LoRa technology in order to target connected deployments by mobile network operators (MNOs) and large-scale private networks. It will do this by developing microcontrollers with on-chip LoRa technology that supports the LoRaWAN standard, as well as reference designs for the technology. According to Claude Dardanne, executive VP and GM of the Microcontroller, Memory & Secure MCU Group, the partnership will help ST strengthen its position in IoT, Smart City and industrial markets for devices such as controllers, sensors, connectivity, security, analog and power.