Alif Semiconductor and OQ Technology to deploy NB-IoT connectivity for hybrid terrestrial-satellite networks

March 4, 2022
Standardized and AI-enabled solution expected to bring cost reduction over existing satellite connectivity.

WASSERBILLIG, Luxembourg - Alif Semiconductor, a global provider of microcontrollers and fusion processors, and IoT satellite operator OQ Technology have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on a narrowband internet-of-things (NB-IoT) solution for hybrid terrestrial satellite networking. Alifs small cellular enabled IoT devices will allow users to roam freely between mobile networks on the ground and OQ’s IoT satellite constellation anywhere in the world.

In addition to cost reduction, the solution being developed by Alif and OQ is expected to be superior due to its ability to switch between satellite and cellular terrestrial IoT networks, such as NB-IoT and CAT-M1, without modifying any radio or hardware on the chip. This is a direct result of OQs patented satellite technology which uses LTE Band 65 in its satellite constellation and can also be applied to terrestrial mobile networks.

The integrated and efficient on-device artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities of Alif Semiconductor’s Crescendo family of microcontrollers and fusion processors will improve response times, increase the scope for applications, and conserve bandwidth. The Crescendo family’s small size and optimized power consumption makes it suitable for applications that require cellular IoT connectivity.

The jointly developed solution will be available for OEMs to integrate in products such as smart meters, tracking devices, sensors, smart cars, drones, mobile handsets, cameras, helmets and other wearables. Alif’s Crescendo family also includes a fully concurrent GNSS positioning systems supporting all major constellations, including GPS and Galileo. This will result in highly accurate NB-IoT synchronization over OQ’s satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO).

“The combination of Alif’s range of scalable, highly integrated, secure and power efficient range of products with OQ’s IP and patents will significantly ease adoption of satellite connectivity,“ said Reza Kazerounian, co-founder and president of Alif Semiconductor. “We are excited to announce this partnership with OQ Technology, look forward to engaging with the market on these products.”

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