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RFID News Roundup

STMicroelectronics unveils IIoT connectivity ecosystem, new MCUs for smart devices; SATO America releases mobile thermal printer; Brytemap intros handheld RFID compliance tool for cannabis companies; Portable Technology Solutions' software supports Alien Technology's RFID reader; Layer3, LORIOT partner on IoT solutions for Nigeria; Senet, Digital Matter team up on LoRaWAN IoT asset-tracking solutions; Litmus Automation, Parker Hannifin sign IoT software licensing agreement.
By Rich Handley
Feb 13, 2020

Presented here are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: STMicroelectronics; SATO America; Brytemap; Portable Technology Solutions, Alien Technology; Layer3, LORIOT; Senet, Digital Matter; Litmus Automation, and Parker Hannifin.

STMicroelectronics Unveils IIoT Connectivity Ecosystem, New MCUs for Smart Devices

Semiconductor firm STMicroelectronics, in collaboration with partners Arkessa, Armv and Truphone, has created an ecosystem for securely connecting Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and automotive systems to cellular networks. The solution provides access to networks and services worldwide, the company reports, and is designed to facilitate connectivity for such IIoT use cases as remote condition monitoring and predictive maintenance, as well as connected-driving services such as infotainment, vehicle diagnostics and emergency assistance.

ST provides industrial and automotive-qualified embedded SIMs (eSIMs) that work with industry-standard GSMA or proprietary bootstrap profiles. Arkessa, Arm and Truphone provide and operate device-onboarding and service-provisioning platforms. The provisioning services enable IoT devices containing the eSIMs to connect automatically to cellular networks, the company reports. Partners and operators can access hundreds of cellular networks worldwide, including 2G, 3G, 4G, LTE CAT-M (low-power wide-area connectivity) and NB-IoT.

"Our M2M connectivity solution comprises high-quality, secure, and convenient hardware with connectivity and subscription management provided by accomplished, world-class operators," said Laurent Degauque, the marketing director of ST's Secure Microcontroller Division, in a prepared statement. "Its flexibility, global reach, and proven security at every level from eSIM to service provider let our customers deploy innovative connected services quickly and efficiently wherever they are needed."

In a separate announcement, STMicroelectronics has announced its STM32H7A3, STM32H7B3 and STM32H7B0 Value Line microcontrollers (MCUs), which include a 280MHz Arm Cortex-M7 processor and high memory density for smart objects. The MCUs are intended to boost integration and real-time performance in order to handle rich user interfaces, natural language interaction, RF mesh networking and artificial intelligence, the company reports.

Support for embedded graphics includes up to 1.4 megabytes of RAM, enabling the support of user interfaces on display resolutions of up to HVGA. The MCUs' CPU performance and Flash density are intended to handle evolving RF-communication protocols. A 4.57-millimeter by 4.37-millimeter wafer-level chip-scale package option eases integration in wireless modules.

The STM32H7 MCUs provide the power efficiency required for machine-learning applications, the company reports, and to support future generations of neural networks. For security-conscious IoT applications, cyber-protection includes secure boot, root-of-trust, and hardware cryptographic and hash accelerators. On-the-fly decryption extends protection to code stored in external serial memories by allowing encrypted content to be decrypted in real time.

The MCUs come with embedded secure-loading services that allow users to order products and offer encrypted firmware to programming partners without exposing secrets at any stage. Once a product is authenticated and securely programmed, the root-of-trust mechanism supports all secure firmware services, including field updates. The STM32H7 features digital-communication interfaces and up to two octal SPI external memory interfaces. There is an RGB interface for up to XGA displays, as well as ST's Chrom-ART Accelerator that offloads the CPU from 2D graphics operations, Chrom-GRC that optimizes support for non-rectangular displays, and hardware JPEG codecs.

The STM32 development ecosystem includes the STM32H7B3I-EVAL dedicated Evaluation board, the STM32H7B3I-DK Discovery Kit and the NUCLEO-H7A3ZI-Q Nucleo-144 board. The STM32CubeH7 software package includes several application and demonstration examples with source code available, including graphical solutions based on TouchGFX technologies. Users can use toolkits for motor control, AI application development and the STM32Trust cyber-security ecosystem. Samples of the devices are available now. Full production for most derivatives began in January 2020 and the full portfolio is expected to be available by June 2020.

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