During The Things Conference 2023, Wienke Giezeman, CEO of The Things Industries, and Robert Comanescu, Senior Director and General Manager of IoT Chips at Semtech, shed light on Semtech's significant contribution to the IoT ecosystem. Semtech, recognized as a foundational contributor from the early days of IoT, continues to shape the industry with its innovative solutions and strategic collaborations.
A key aspect of Semtech's success is its emphasis on operational excellence and product consistency. Comanescu stressed the importance of quality in Semtech's silicon products, ensuring reliability and longevity in the IoT ecosystem. This approach has been crucial in lowering the total cost of IoT deployments and enhancing device lifespan, thereby offering significant economic benefits to the industry.
Semtech is actively working on new developments, including advancements in satellite technology for IoT, and exploring synergies with other forms of connectivity like cellular. Comanescu mentioned the exciting potential of merging LoRa technology with other connectivity types, hinting at a future where IoT devices can intelligently switch between different types of networks based on availability and cost-effectiveness. Semtech's commitment to open-source is evident in their approach to software development for their products. Comanescu acknowledged the need for more bidirectional contributions in the open-source domain and expressed a desire to enhance collaboration within the ecosystem. This approach not only fosters innovation but also ensures that the solutions developed are robust, versatile, and well-suited to the diverse needs of the IoT market.
Giezeman and Comanescu both emphasised the need for greater scale in LoRa deployments. The goal is to transition from thousands to millions of deployments per application, making LoRa a standard in the IoT industry. They also stressed the importance of fair competition and collaboration across regions to propel the IoT ecosystem forward.
Semtech's journey in the IoT ecosystem demonstrates the company's pivotal role in shaping the industry. With a focus on quality, innovation, and collaboration, Semtech continues to drive the IoT frontier, fostering an environment where new players can thrive and the entire ecosystem can reach new heights.