Semtech Corporation, a supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, announced its expanded collaboration with Helium, the company behind one the world’s first peer-to-peer wireless networks based on Semtech’s LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol.
Today, Helium’s LoRaWAN network infrastructure is considered among the fastest growing of its kind, reaching more than 1,000 cities in North America and expanding to Europe. Earlier this year, Helium announced a strategic partnership with Semtech to integrate the LoRaWAN protocol into its LongFi networking architecture.
has seen incredible growth on its network as a result of its partnership with
Semtech and the introduction of the Helium Blockchain as an incentive model to
the LoRaWAN community,” said Amir Haleem, Helium’s CEO and Co-founder. “As we continue
to expand the network across North America and in Europe, we hope to foster the
growth of the ecosystem and make new technologies and solutions available to
developers, industries and ultimately, consumers.”
network is powered by the Helium Hotspot, a device enabling end consumers to
own and operate a LoRa-based wireless network for the Internet of Things (IoT).
When connected to a nearby Hotspot, devices simultaneously mine cryptocurrency and
provide LoRaWAN network coverage for hundreds of square miles. Combining
Semtech’s LoRa devices with Helium’s distributed, open-sourced approach to
building a ubiquitous network allows the simplified deployment of applications across
North America and Europe. In less than six months following Semtech and
Helium’s initial collaboration, more than 10,000 Helium Hotspots have been sold.
Featuring a community of more than 8,000 software developers in the LoRa ecosystem, the network is currently available to connect up to hundreds of millions of compatible LoRa-based devices.
As part of its mission to grow its LoRaWAN network offerings, Helium has entered a multi-year strategic alliance with Cal-Chip Connected Devices, a division of Cal-Chip Electronics Specialty Products, Inc., and a global distributor and value added service provider in the IoT space with a focus on Semtech’s LoRa devices. As part of this agreement, the organisation plans to help distribute Helium-compatible LoRa-based solutions, including third-party gateways and sensors, for use throughout North America and Europe.
delivers the technology, Helium delivers the network and Cal-Chip delivers the
devices. Cal-Chip has the infrastructure and technical ‘know-how’ to present
solutions in an easy-to-understand manner, leading to an exceptional customer
experience,” said TJ Rancour, President of Cal-Chip Connected Devices. “By
leveraging our logistics, customer service and technical proficiencies,
Cal-Chip Connected Devices is enabling efficient user-friendly distribution of
Semtech and Helium devices to a mass consumer market.”
is committed to the development of smarter IoT strategies which remove the
complexity in developing LoRa-based products,” said Marc Pegulu, Vice President
of IoT Product Marketing in Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group.
“Through further collaboration with Helium, Semtech delivers end users and
developers greater access to open-sourced networks and LoRa-based
infrastructure. As a result, Helium’s unique business model enables ownership
and operation of personal IoT networks, promoting the development of new and
innovative LoRa-based applications which increase the global adoption of the
LoRaWAN protocol and accelerate solution time to market.”