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Particle updates P2 and Photon 2 Wi-Fi for mass-market applications

Particle | June 30, 2022 | Read time : 07:00 min

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Particle, an integrated IoT Platform-as-a-Service designed to connect the disconnected, unveiled improvements to its next-generation embedded IoT Wi-Fi solutions in the form of the P2 and Photon 2 hardware modules. The Photon 2 (coming in late 2022) offers an improved feather form factor compatible development kit for quick prototyping, and the P2 module (generally available July 29) is powered by the Particle Platform-as-a-Service and boasts advanced functionality for low-cost, integrated designs in applications that are poorly served by cellular connectivity, like factory floors, hospitals, smart buildings, and security monitoring.

Enterprise IoT applications now have the flexibility of both Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity options for the first time. Customers previously relied on pricey and data-intensive cellular connectivity to their devices in order to have secure connectivity with the required computing power to operate enterprise applications. Particle delivers enterprise-grade security and communication standards, more potent computing, and supply safely assured availability with the release of P2.

For enterprise-grade applications, where RF performance, low power consumption, security, and quick time-to-market are crucial, Particle's Wi-Fi modules and development kits are created. These updated components are the successors to the P0/P1 and Photon/Argon and represent a new enterprise Wi-Fi product line. They add support for low-power Bluetooth, a more potent processor, more memory, and broader support for enterprise Wi-Fi configurations like 5GHz and 802.1X networks, as well as supply security (Secure Supply LP).

"We've seen an astonishing 700% increase in IoT cyber-attacks since 2019 and an inability for products to be future-ready against new and emerging standards. At Particle, device and network versatility and security remain a sticking point for Wi-Fi connected IoT devices. To keep pace with a constantly changing IoT cyber threat landscape and expanding customer choices for enterprise deployments, the P2 and Photon 2 updates provide the ideal balance of standardization and security for seamless forward compatibility that gives developers the power to get to market faster,"

Adam Warmington, Senior Product Manager at Particle

Each of the aforementioned product revisions is a component of Particle's Supply Secure hardware portfolio, a fresh proactive initiative that updates and replaces outdated hardware with a predictable and dependable supply chain of chip-based components.

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Exeger and Atmosic Technologies Partner to Create Energy Harvesting Solutions for the IoT Sector

Atmosic Technologies | September 14, 2022

Exeger, the Swedish deep tech company today announces its partnership with US-based semiconductor company Atmosic Technologies. The partnership will enable companies to create attractive energy harvesting solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT) sector. Both Exeger and Atmosic develop components within the field of energy harvesting. Stockholm-headquartered Exeger is the inventor and manufacturer of the groundbreaking Powerfoyle® solar cell technology that converts all forms of light into clean, endless energy. Exeger’s photovoltaic cells can be produced in any shape and size, which will help drive the adoption of light-powered products in the next generation of connected consumer and industrial devices. California-headquartered Atmosic Technologies develops innovative energy harvesting wireless System-on-Chips (SoCs) and IoT modules with ultra-low power features that include an integrated boost converter and sophisticated power management technologies to optimally control, store, and distribute available power. Following Exeger’s announcement last year of the Powerfoyle Indoor platform, which has been optimized for low light levels, Atmosic and Exeger’s collaboration makes it easy for manufacturers to develop devices with significantly extended or even endless battery life when utilizing Powerfoyle. Atmosic’s low-power wireless chipsets and Exeger’s solar cells create attractive solutions for low-power standards-driven IoT devices such as Bluetooth® remote controls, sensors, beacons, and keyboards. The combined technologies work especially well for devices in a variety of applications from the smart home to enterprise, healthcare, and industrial environments. “Atmosic’s extremely low-power solutions, combined with our Powerfoyle solar cell technology, will help reduce – and in many cases eliminate – the use of disposable batteries for IoT devices, This opens up a huge opportunity in the 400 billion USD IoT market which will greatly accelerate its transition to clean endless energy.” Giovanni Fili, CEO and Founder of Exeger “Our partnership with Exeger enables our customers to create innovative IoT products that operate reliably and robustly even without a battery and in the lowest of lighting conditions,” said David Su, CEO at Atmosic. “Our combined solutions will help reduce the need for costly battery replacement and maintenance of IoT deployments, fueling a more sustainable IoT in the future.” About Exeger Exeger is a Swedish company with a unique solar cell technology that converts all forms of light into electrical energy. This material, Powerfoyle, is the world’s only fully customizable solar cell. With its superior design properties, it can be integrated seamlessly into any electronic device. Powerfoyle enhances every product it is integrated into with extended or even unlimited battery life, putting the power of cutting-edge solar cell technology directly in the hands of people. Exeger is leading the way to energy independence through more sustainable and user-friendly products – with the vision to touch the lives of a billion people by 2030. About Atmosic Technologies Atmosic™ Technologies is an innovative fabless semiconductor company, designing ultra-low power wireless and energy harvesting solutions to dramatically reduce and disrupt device dependency on batteries, aiming to deliver forever battery life and the battery free connected Internet of Things. The company’s products enable the IoT device ecosystem—designers and manufacturers, as well as end users and those responsible for deployments—to dramatically lower costs and efforts associated with maintaining the growing Internet of Things in Personal, Home, Auto, Healthcare, Industrial, Enterprise and Smart Cities segments. In addition to these tangible business advantages, Atmosic aims to reduce ecological impacts with its vision of dramatically reduced battery consumption in the Internet of Things.

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ASE Unveils Plans for the World’s First 5G mmWave NR-DC SA Smart Factory

ASE | October 11, 2022

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc participated in a project kick-off event on August 23rd to unveil plans for a 5G mmWave NR-DC SA (New Radio-Dual Connectivity Standalone) smart factory supported by the Industrial Development Bureau and Qualcomm Technologies Inc., and developed through a strategic multi-organizational collaboration that comprises the Institute for Information Technology, Asia Pacific Telecom, DEVCORE Security Consulting and the National Cheng Kung University’s Intelligent Manufacturing Research Center. With the increasing complexity of global competition characterized by the rapid shifts in market supply and demand, as well as human resource constraints, companies continue to face unprecedented challenges in upgrading and transforming their business operations. To counter the talent crunch and adapt to diverse customer requirements, ASE is accelerating its adoption of smart manufacturing technologies including automation, and the integration of OT (operational technology) security to increase the efficiency of its equipment and productivity. In line with the company’s vision of building advanced and robust smart factories, ASE has partnered with leading industry players, and key government, academic and research institutions in converging AI applications with 5G technologies. Overview of the 5G Collaboration The collaboration will focus on enabling the digital transformation of factory processes that are highly secured and highly reliable through facilitating 5G wireless infrastructure integration, smart heterogeneous equipment integration and OT security system integration. Areas covered include developments in: AI-enabled detection of abnormalities from the SOP (standard operating process) that will improve the ability of operators and maintenance personnel to ensure consistent yield quality and a safe operating environment enhancing productivity and yield improvement through the data analysis of both current and newly purchased equipment in operation, and optimizing model parameters intelligent material handling solutions that enables real-time inventory forecasting to delivery that result in overall reduction of production cycle time generating high-resolution AOI images in real-time with the help of high bandwidth mobile streaming, to improve the accuracy and efficiency of quality inspection the deployment of 5G mmWave NR-DC SA technology that offers network stability and speed to improve connectivity and in case of a machine re-layout, the reduction of set up time will also improve the overall equipment efficiency (OEE) OT security technology to ensure the reliability, security and functionality of machines and tasks in a digitized manufacturing environment Snapdragon® X65 5G Modem-RF System and New Radio Dual Connectivity for Standalone 5G The smart factory will utilize the Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System and 5G NR-DC software with uplink four-component carrier aggregation (UL 4CC CA), in which four contiguous carriers of 100MHz are combined together with 2.6GHz (mid-band) and 28GHz (high-band), to achieve an uplink speed of 600Mbps. The low latency and higher data speeds are critical to semiconductor manufacturing environments for advanced processes and will in turn accelerate the application and development of smart manufacturing. Uniting with the Best in Class to Chart the Course of the Next Generation 5G Smart Factory Asia Pacific Telecom’s vast experience in enterprise wireless networks will be instrumental in deploying next-generation 5G network architecture within a manufacturing environment. Today marks an important milestone, as leading players in the industry, government, academia and research sectors joined forces to drive the developments of smart factory technologies. Such engagement will contribute to greater innovation in digital transformation and intelligent automation, and strengthen the global competitiveness of the semiconductor industry. ‘The success of Taiwan’s semiconductor industry and its importance in the global supply chain are the results of many factors, of which strategic initiatives led by the Economic Ministry have laid a strong foundation for the industry to grow and prosper. At ASE, partnerships are key to advancing our competitiveness and seizing new opportunities across diverse disciplines, generations and global borders. To that end, we are collaborating with the best-in-class from the government, industry, academia and research institutions to craft a 5G smart manufacturing blueprint that optimizes technologies in 5G mmWave NR-DC SA, and establishes an open platform with integrated software/hardware and smart systems. We hope to lead by example and inspire more industry players to contribute to building a resilient global smart manufacturing and equipment cluster, and boost the development of semiconductor talent.’ - Tien Wu, CEO, ASE Inc ‘As a global leader in 5G technology, we believe that the next step in the 5G evolution is to move towards standalone mode and allow for industry growth in areas such as Industrial IoT and cloud services. This announcement again illustrates the importance of Taiwan’s comprehensive ICT supply chain and its technological advantages, so as how Qualcomm Technologies has always attached great value to Taiwan’s industry and ecosystem. We are excited to take part in driving the much needed development of technologies in a transforming industry. We will continue to support Taiwan’s development of mmWave technology and work together to strengthen Taiwan’s 5G ecosystem.’ - ST Liew, Vice President, QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies Asia-Pacific Pte. Ltd. and President, Qualcomm Taiwan, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. ‘Asia Pacific Telecom is committed to technological innovation and the development of the 5G industry. Our strengths in integrating 5G enterprise private networks and vertical applications have led to the completion of Taiwan's first 5G NR-DC SA network with Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies. The network architecture in the mid-to-high frequency band offers excellent data speeds with extremely low latency, creating a more flexible, intelligent, secure and reliable environment to build a 5G mmWave NR-DC SA smart factory. We are proud to establish the next milestone in the application of 5G enterprise networks and participate in accelerating Taiwan’s industry upgrade.’ - Peng Chen, Chairman and General Manager, Asia Pacific Telecom Besides Qualcomm Technologies, the Institute for Information Technology, Asia Pacific Telecom, DEVCORE Security Consulting and the National Cheng Kung University’s Intelligent Manufacturing Research Center, other members of the collaborative team include Askey, Ericsson and FHNet. About ASE Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc (a member of ASE Technology Holding Co., Ltd. TAIEX: 3711, NYSE: ASX) is the leading global provider of semiconductor manufacturing services in assembly and test. Alongside a broad portfolio of established assembly and test technologies, ASE is also delivering innovative advanced packaging and system-in-package solutions to meet growth momentum across a broad range of end markets, including 5G, Automotive, High Performance Computing and more. To learn about our advances in SiP, Fanout, MEMS & Sensor, Flip Chip, and, 2.5D, 3D & TSV technologies, all ultimately geared towards applications to improve lifestyle and efficiency. About Asia Pacific Telecom A leader in the provision of wireless telecom needs in Taiwan, Asia-Pacific Telecom Co., Ltd. was founded in 2000 as a subsidiary of Asia-Pacific Telecom Group, formerly Eastern Broadband Communications Co., Ltd. From 2007 through 2011, the parent company carried out internal mergers to match the firm’s corporate strategy. What resulted--Broadband Fixed Lines, Broadband Wireless, and Broadband Internet—enabled to the firm to move ahead in line with three core values—integration, innovation, and speed—toward greater operational efficiency and competitiveness. The company was officially renamed Asia Pacific Telecom Co., Ltd. (APT) in 2007 and had its IPO in 2013. In July 2014, Hon Hai Technology Group’s Ambit Microsystems acquired a stake in Asia-Pacific (Ambit was fully absorbed into APT on December 31, 2015). In late 2014, APT launched 4G brand “Gt Smart Life”. Asia Pacific Telecom officially launches the 5G service in 2020 and provides premium services by using its ICT experiences and import Hon Hai Technology Group's manufacturing, platform, and terminal equipment resources to provide comprehensive telecommunications, ICT, IoT solutions and digital application services.

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ioXt Alliance participated in White House strategic discussion on IoT security labeling

ioXt | October 28, 2022

The ioXt Alliance, the global standard for IoT security, announced that its CEO, Gary Jabara, participated in a White House strategic discussion on developing an effective IoT security labeling program. The event included senior representatives from IoT device manufacturers, industry associations, standards bodies and U.S. government agencies, and was held on October 19, 2022. The IoT security labeling event was among the initiatives supporting the May 2021 executive order 14028 on improving the nation's cybersecurity. The IoT security labeling event had four goals: Harness market forces to accelerate the development of IoT security labeling programs to raise the level of cybersecurity across the entire IoT ecosystem. Incentivize the ability of manufacturers and retailers to incorporate baseline and more advanced cybersecurity functionality in products. Reduce unnecessary barriers to trade by harmonizing international labeling programs. Identify the oversight and regulatory mechanisms necessary to ensure that IoT products meet or exceed security baselines. Insights from the event will serve as a platform to communicate the U.S. government’s commitment to IoT security, announce initial actions it is taking and articulate a work plan for achieving the vision. “It was an honor to participate in this meeting and help define a robust labeling system for IoT security that will mitigate security risk for businesses and consumers, harmonize a fragmented ecosystem and improve national security, As the global standard for IoT security, ioXt is very pleased to be intimately involved and offer its insights to support this very important initiative. We will continue to work with regulators in launching an effective labeling program across the country.” ioXt CEO Gary Jabara The lack of market transparency regarding IoT security makes it difficult for buyers to make informed choices, which has led to a proliferation of insecure devices in American households and businesses. Both cybercriminals and hostile nation-state actors have increasingly exploited this growing attack surface to conduct surveillance and launch cyber-attacks, presenting a national security concern. By providing consumers with the ability to evaluate IoT products based on their cybersecurity protections, labeling programs may dramatically improve security across the IoT ecosystem. About the ioXt Alliance The ioXt Alliance is the Global Standard for IoT Security. Founded by leading technology and product manufacturing firms, ioXt is the only industry led, global IoT product security and certification program in the world. Products with the ioXt SmartCert give consumers and retailers greater confidence in a highly connected world.

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Airzone Launches in North America with Critical HVAC / IoT Interface

Airzone | September 02, 2022

Airzone, a worldwide industry leader in dynamic HVAC control solutions, is entering the rapidly growing North American market with an exclusive smart control solution for HVAC inverter systems. Airzone's Aidoo Pro acts as the bridge between proprietary HVAC inverter and mini-split manufacturers' protocols and IoT device APIs, including for the popular ecobee®, Honeywell® and Nest® smart thermostats. The Aidoo Pro enables HVAC professionals to completely integrate HVAC inverter systems with leading smart thermostats, preserving all inverter features and providing unparalleled levels of efficiency, energy savings, connectivity and comfort. Growing Inverter + Smart Thermostat Markets on a Collision Course The market for HVAC inverter solutions is expected to nearly double from 2020 to 2025, from $17.6 billion to $31.9 billion. Simultaneously, the global smart thermostat market is expected to triple by 2028. These are two of the fastest-growing categories in the HVAC industry but deploying devices from these categories together currently negates the benefits of both: adding a smart thermostat to an inverter system prevents key inverter features from working, significantly reducing the energy efficiency of the unit. Because HVAC inverter system protocols and smart thermostat APIs are incompatible, HVAC inverter systems downgrade to single-speed operation when paired with a smart thermostat. The hallmark benefits of inverter solutions—efficiency, energy savings and superior climate control performance—are completely lost. The Aidoo Pro brings the HVAC and IoT worlds together, preserving inverter functionality while meeting consumer demands for smart control. Airzone Solutions Bridge the Gap Between IoT and HVAC The Airzone Aidoo Pro is a simple-to-install system add-on that sits between the HVAC system and IoT control devices such as third-party smart thermostats, voice assistants, and home automation. Airzone's exclusive library of manufacturer-certified HVAC protocols enables full two-way communication between the Aidoo Pro, the HVAC solution, and smart thermostats or other connected devices. The Aidoo Pro receives smart thermostat data via API, interprets it, and then sends the appropriate commands to the inverter unit via manufacturer-certified protocol. The inverter continues to function at a variable rate, preserving the superior comfort and efficiency of the system. Airzone has spent decades cultivating privileged working relationships with the industry's leading HVAC inverter and mini-split manufacturers. The Aidoo Pro has manufacturer-certified HVAC protocols from all leading brands, including Daikin, Fujitsu, Hitachi, LG, Mitsubishi and Panasonic. Airzone also has dedicated API cloud integrations with the industry's leading smart thermostat solutions, including Nest®, ecobee® and Honeywell®. Additional integrations with other smart thermostats are on the roadmap for 2023 and beyond. "No one else can do what we do, Through dedicated collaboration and constant R&D, we've found a way to keep the original features and functionality of an HVAC inverter solution intact, even when deployed in conjunction with a smart thermostat. We are uniquely positioned to help HVAC professionals deliver systems that are superior in every way, from comfort and efficiency to user interface and control." Antonio Mediato, founder and CEO of Airzone The Airzone Aidoo Pro solution is available now in North America. To learn more about the Aidoo Pro solution, click here. If you're interested in installing and integrating the Airzone Aidoo Pro solution, click here. About Airzone Airzone is an industry-leading manufacturer of dynamic HVAC control and zoning solutions for residential and light commercial environments. With over 25 years of experience leading the HVAC zoning and control industry in Europe, Airzone's mission is to create innovative and category-defining solutions that deliver simplified control, savings, and streamlined service. Airzone's foundational values of diligence, reliability and service leads to a culture of tireless innovation and impeccable performance.

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