Sigfox, the global Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) connectivity provider, and GCT Semiconductor, a designer and supplier of advanced 4G mobile semiconductor solutions, have launched their hybrid ecosystem at Sigfox Connect, the companies said.
Since unveiling the world´s first hybrid (cellular and Sigfox) solution for the Internet of Things (IoT) in September 2017, Sigfox and GCT have grown their hybrid connectivity ecosystem to include module makers, device manufacturers and SIM card vendors. Through the addition of these ecosystem partners, Sigfox and GCT are propelling the commercialization and adoption of IoT-enabled applications across industries.
GCT´s GDM7243i chip supports two complementary connectivity modes: cellular and Sigfox. The chip, which has passed LTE-M1 certification with large tier 1 operators, enables ultra-long battery life through Sigfox and high throughput cellular connectivity. By connecting IoT devices to the Sigfox network during typical operation and switching to cellular networks on demand, the hybrid solution accelerates the promise of IoT while ensuring connectivity now.
Sigfox is the world´s IoT service provider thanks to its global network that can connect billions of devices to the Internet while consuming as little energy as possible, as simply as possible. Sigfox´s unique approach to device-to-cloud communications addresses the three greatest barriers to global IoT adoption: cost, energy consumption, and global scalability.
GCT Semiconductor is a fabless designer and supplier of advanced 4G LTE and WiMAX semiconductor solutions. GCT´s market-proven LTE solutions, commercially available since 2010, have enabled fast and reliable LTE connectivity to numerous commercial devices such as smartphones, tablets, hotspots, USB dongles, routers, M2M applications, etc., for the world´s top LTE carriers. GCT´s system-on-chip solutions integrate radio frequency, baseband modem and digital signal processing functions, therefore offering complete 4G platform solutions with small form factors, low power consumption, high performance, high reliability and cost effectiveness. For more information, visit www.gctsemi.com.