STMicroelectronics works with Indian developers to address Internet of Things demand

24th November 2014
STMicroelectronics works with Indian developers to address Internet of Things demand

Bangalore, November 24 2014: Global semiconductor leader ST Microelectronics,   is committed to playing a key role in enabling the Internet of Things including its important role in tackling today’s societal challenges.
ST envisages that anyone, from entrepreneurs to companies, can leverage the existing Internet infrastructure to conceive new applications and markets and create new business opportunities. The IoT is widely accepted as the next “Big Thing” that promises to exploit the Internet with a multitude of applications and products, particularly wireless and mobile, penetrating a broad spectrum of markets. In many ways, the IoT is the hardware counterpart to the software “app” market and is unleashing a new wave of creativity in many different segments.
 Says Francois Guibert, ST Executive Vice President with responsibility for South Asia:  “As a global market leader in MEMS and sensors, ARM Cortex-based microcontrollers, smart power, and automotive technologies, STMicroelectronics sees the IoT as the next step in the natural progression of “smart” features in electronic devices. We are ready for the next wave of IoT with an even richer portfolio of products and technologies that include integrated smart systems with multiple sensors, processing, and communication technologies.”
Indian innovation
In a briefing for IndiaTechOnline, Vishal Goyal, Senior Manager, Technical Marketing,  India at  STMicrolectronics    said the company works closely with  Indian  partners   to enable high performance mobility, enterprise and Internet of Things devices' designs. 
In recent weeks the company has used  major tech shows to highlight such  partnerships with lolcal design houses like  the Bangalore-based  Sohamsaa Systems which  designs and manufactures these devices in India and provides technology and deployment support to its customers in India and abroad. 
The STM- Sohamsaa  combine has seen  the rollout of IoT modules that leverage STM's ST BLE chipset “BlueNRG” as well as its flagship STM32 32 bit cortex microcontroller.
The  module is a ready to use system  which customer can directly put on their standard PC as a bridge to make connected devices. There are two version of module:
One variant  harnesses the  ST BLE chipset “BlueNRG”. The module integrate all RF interface including antennae. This module is  aimed at customers who already have microcontroller in their system and just want Bluetooth Low Energy interface.
The second version  uses the ST BLE chipset “BlueNRG” as well as STM32 32 bit cortex microcontroller. It also integrate all RF including  antennae. This module will be used by customers who are not using microcontroller or don’t want to use existing microcontroller to develop for wireless implementation.
The USP of both is that they use one of the lowest power consuming Bluetooth low energy chipsets, making it ideal for battery-powered application. The complete design is done by Sohamsaa in Bangalore and is manufactured in India
 Bluetooth low Energy protocol or Bluetooth 4.0 Smart is a new standard defined by Bluetooth SIG to drive IOT and connected systems.

IoT market: According to Gartner, the IoT market, which excludes PCs, tablets, and smartphones, will grow to 26 billion units installed in 2020, representing an almost 30-fold increase from 0.9 billion in 2009. Gartner predicts IoT product and service suppliers will generate incremental revenue exceeding $300 billion, mostly in services, by that time, resulting in $1.9 trillion in global economic value-add through sales into diverse end markets.