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.”
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.