STMicroelectronics has announced that it will collaborate with Semtech on its LoRa long-range wireless RF technology. ST intends to use the technology to target Internet of Things (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 microcontrollers. 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.

Marc Pegulu, vice president and general manager of Semtech’s Wireless, Sensing and Timing product group, said: “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.”

Claude Dardanne, executive vice president and general manager of the Microcontroller, Memory & Secure MCU Group, STMicroelectronics, added: “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.”