ST to use Semtech’s LoRa RF tech for IoT deployments

14th December 2015
Nat Bowers

Semtech and STMicroelectronics have announced an agreement on Semtech’s LoRa long-range wireless RF technology. ST intends to use the technology to target IoT deployments by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and large-scale private networks.

ST will join the LoRa Alliance and release reference designs for LoRa technology based on its STM32 family of MCUs. ST plans to develop microcontrollers with on-chip LoRa technology that supports the LoRaWAN standardised protocol. Semtech and ST will cooperate to integrate LoRa technology into multiple platforms that target a variety of applications for several business initiatives around LoRa.

The LoRa Alliance, with its LoRa ecosystem, is the fastest growing alliance in the IoT sector, and the addition of ST will help standardise LoRa and LoRaWAN for IoT Low-Power Wide-Area Networks (LPWAN) worldwide. Both Semtech and ST believe standardisation and a strong ecosystem will foster technology adoption to achieve the large volumes projected for IoT.

Marc Pegulu, Vice President and General Manager, Wireless, Sensing and Timing product group, Semtech, commented: “There is tremendous success and momentum behind the LoRa Alliance and MNO announcements of LoRaWAN-based nationwide network deployments. Having a premier silicon supplier of the LoRa technology such as ST, with its strong presence in the industrial and connectivity market, reinforces that Semtech’s LoRa RF technology, LoRaWAN protocol, IP and chip-set are becoming the de-facto standards for IoT LPWANs.”

“The combination of our large family of industry-leading STM32 MCUs, together with the LoRa technology through our partnership with Semtech, will further strengthen our position on the IoT, smart city and industrial markets, where our portfolio of controllers, sensors, connectivity, security, analogue and power solutions already make ST formidable. By contributing our IP and SoC design expertise, we anticipate promoting the deployment of more LPWANs worldwide and enabling many applications with a standardised ecosystem of service providers and solutions developers,” added Claude Dardanne, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Microcontroller, Memory & Secure MCU Group, STMicroelectronics.

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