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Semtech and Murata work on LoRa modem, network next?

Semtech and Murata have unveiled a LoRa modem that is closely tied to Semtech’s LoRa Cloud Device and Application Services. This could signify various strategies. Perhaps it is a vertical expansion, akin to ARM’s pivot to offering more of the services that its chips need to be useful out in the wild. Or perhaps the precursor to Semtech emulating another low power WAN player, Sigfox, and going it alone as an LPWAN operator. The very fetchingly titled CMWX1ZZABZ-104 is an embedded modem built around Semtech’s LoRa chip, with additional Murata hardware to create a drop-in component that can power an IoT device’s Unlicensed-LPWAN connectivity. For Semtech, this is a sale of a chip, and for Murata, this is a component…

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