Holtek enables Sigfox 0G technology on its BC68F2150 chipset

Press release, DIGITIMES Asia, Taipei 0

Credit: UnaBiz

Holtek Semiconductor, a leading professional IC design house focused on microcontrollers, partners with UnaBiz, a Singapore-based Massive IoT service provider and integrator, to integrate Sigfox 0G technology into Holtek's BC68F2150, an ultra-cost-efficient chipset. This collaboration aims to bring more energy-efficient and cost-effective Sigfox-based solutions for developers and customers in the logistics and supply chain sector.

In April 2023, UnaBiz open-sourced its Sigfox device library to the public and IoT community. This move has made it easier and more cost-effective for developers, engineers, enterprises, and users to integrate the 0G technology into their IoT devices and applications and develop more efficient and innovative solutions.

The BC68F2150, a Sub-1GHz RF Transmitter OOK/FSK Flash MCU, supports multiple frequency bands, including 315MHz, 433MHz, 868MHz, and 915MHz, and complies with ETSI/FCC safety specifications. Designed for a wide array of wireless control applications such as switch remote controllers, office automation, smart homes, and asset management, the Holtek chipset is poised to revolutionize these sectors.

Recognizing the shared market focus on ultra-cost-efficient asset management, Holtek and UnaBiz collaborated to integrate the Sigfox library stack onto Holtek's chipset.

Alex Lai, Director International Sales Division of Holtek, said, "We are extremely excited about the enthusiastic response received from integrating the Sigfox Library into the Holtek IC. Our collaboration has already begun to bear fruit, with two Proof of Concepts (PoCs) making significant progress in the logistics and supply chain sectors in Japan and Europe. This early success clearly indicates an unmet need in the market that we are eager to address. We look forward to assisting UnaBiz's customers in the commercial rollout of their solutions in the near future."

From UnaBiz's side, the enthusiasm is equally palpable. Alexis Susset, Head of CTO of UnaBiz Group, said, "We are pleased to work with Holtek to integrate our open Sigfox Library into their IC to accelerate the deployment of ultra-cost-efficient asset management solutions. This joint effort highlights the relevance and scalability of Sigfox in the Logistics and Supply Chain sector. Such integration expands the addressable market of Sigfox-based asset tracking solution, allowing customers to track and trace not just high-value assets, but diverse lower value assets too."