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OQ Technology taps Alif for NB-IoT satellite

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By Nick Flaherty


OQ Technology has signed a deal with Alif Semiconductor for microcontrollers on its IoT satellite.

The Luxembourg-based satellite developer is developing a narrowband internet-of-things (NB-IoT) system for hybrid terrestrial satellite networking. Alif’s cellular IoT devices will allow users to roam freely between mobile networks on the ground and OQ’s IoT satellite constellation anywhere in the world.

The system being developed by Alif and OQ aims to provide the ability to seamlessly 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.

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Alif Semiconductor’s Crescendo family of microcontrollers and fusion processors includes machine learning accelerators. 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.

“The aim to combine Alif’s expertise in AI-enabled embedded computing solutions and our success in establishing a 5G IoT satellite-terrestrial hybrid network is an epic step in the use of nanotechnology. Using standardised terrestrial chips to connect to satellites is essential to keep costs low, enable easy access to our satellites and provide global connectivity, in particular in remote locations,” said Omar Qaise, founder and CEO of OQ Technology.

www.oqtec.com; alifsemi.com

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