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Acquisitions bolster STMicroelectronics wireless offering

17th July 2020
Mick Elliott

STMicroelectronics has strengthened its hand in wireless connectivity technology with the acquisition of Ultra Wide Band specialist BeSpoon and the cellular IoT connectivity assets of Riot Micro.

The two transactions will also smooth the roadmap for its STM32 microcontrollers and secure MCUs.

BeSpoon, based in Le Bourget du Lac, France, is a fabless semiconductor company founded in 2010. It’s technology enables secure real-time indoor location with centimetre accuracy in environments under adverse conditions.

The integration of this key secure positioning technology in the STM32 product portfolio will enable developers of IoT, automotive and mobile communication applications to provide services such as secure access, and precise indoor & outdoor mapping. ST will acquire BeSpoon from its majority shareholder, TRUMPF, and from its founders. In parallel with the transaction, ST and TRUMPF will enter into a strategic partnership for UWB tracking technology.

Riot Micro, based in Vancouver, Canada, designs cellular IoT solutions by applying proven design techniques from Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Wi-Fi to LTE Cat-M and NB-IoT to optimise system cost and power.

The integration of cellular communication capabilities into the STM32 portfolio will strengthen ST’s offer for customers developing applications such as asset tracking, metering, and fleet management services.

The terms of the transactions were not disclosed.

At ST we work to offer our customers the products and solutions they need in order to address their opportunities and challenges. Cellular IoT and UWB technologies are key wireless connectivity solutions that will enable a next wave of IoT connected objects and innovative applications," said Claude Dardanne (pictured), President, Microcontrollers and Digital ICs Group, at STMicroelectronics. "These acquisitions complement ST’s existing wireless microcontroller offer which includes Bluetooth 5.0 and IEEE 802.15.4 communication protocols as well as the world’s first LoRa-enabled System-on-Chip. Wireless microcontrollers are part of our STM32 product offer of over 1000 different devices and with over six billion parts shipped to customers. With these acquisitions, we will address all wireless IoT communication protocols.

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