Silicon Labs and SIGFOX Collaborate to Unleash the Potential of the Internet of Things

  Silicon Labs and SIGFOX Collaborate to Unleash the Potential of the Internet
  of Things

 Mixed-Signal Innovator and Dedicated IoT Cellular Network Operator Pave the
      Way for Rapid Deployment of M2M and Ultra-Narrowband Connectivity

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AUSTIN, Texas & TOULOUSE, France -- February 20, 2013

Silicon Labs (NASDAQ:SLAB), a leader in high-performance, analog-intensive,
mixed-signal ICs, and SIGFOX, the first operator of a cellular network fully
dedicated to machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT)
communications, today announced a first-of-a-kind collaboration for the
rapidly emerging IoT market.

The combination of Silicon Labs’ EZRadioPRO® wireless transceivers and
SIGFOX’s unique Ultra-Narrowband (UNB) technology enables long-range wireless
Internet connectivity solutions for a wide array of devices such as smart
meters, patient monitors, security devices, street lights and environmental
sensors. EZRadioPRO transceivers offer industry-leading wireless performance,
extended range and ultra-low power consumption for wireless networking
applications operating in the sub-GHz band.

The SIGFOX Network provides a unique and cost-effective solution for IoT and
M2M services by employing a low-throughput RF communication technology that
operates over an unlicensed wireless spectrum. The result is an extremely
robust, power-efficient and scalable network that can communicate with
millions of battery-operated devices in coverage areas of many square
kilometers. Already deployed in tens of thousands of connected objects, the
SIGFOX wireless networking solution enables Internet connectivity for devices
that would have been otherwise difficult or impractical to reach until now.

“The collaboration between Silicon Labs and SIGFOX provides a solid wireless
platform for M2M communication and cloud connectivity,” said Diwakar
Vishakhadatta, vice president and general manager of Silicon Labs’ Embedded
Systems business. “The integration of SIGFOX’s breakthrough UNB technology
further strengthens Silicon Labs’ position as a leading supplier of
mixed-signal solutions for smart energy, connected home, and other monitoring
and control applications for the Internet of Things.”

“SIGFOX is working closely with enabling technology providers to deliver on
the promise of the Internet of Things, and we are pleased to collaborate with
Silicon Labs on this groundbreaking IoT solution,” said Ludovic Le Moan,
SIGFOX Chief Executive Officer. “The global rollout of our unique network
relies on the availability of world-class wireless ICs. We selected EZRadioPRO
due to its industry-leading RF performance, low-power operation and unique
ability to incorporate our UNB technology.”

About the SIGFOX Network

The SIGFOX network offers a green and out-of-the-box wireless connectivity for
the widest range of objects to send and receive low throughput data packets.
This cost-effective network already powers many innovative, reliable and
easy-to-use solutions in the IoT market. The SIGFOX worldwide network is the
first independent global M2M operator and the only operated connectivity
solution to specifically address the IoT market needs. SIGFOX continues to
advance the evolution of its internationally compatible technology through
leadership roles in the IoT and ETSI standards committee.

About EZRadioPRO Wireless Solutions

The EZRadioPRO family features the industry’s highest performance, lowest
power sub-GHz transceivers, transmitters and receivers designed to maximize
range and battery life for power-sensitive wireless systems. Offering
frequency coverage from 119 to 1050 MHz, the Si446x EZRadioPRO transceivers
offer industry-leading RF performance resulting in extended wireless range and
compliance with the industry’s most stringent narrowband regulatory standards.
The EZRadioPRO transceivers’ exceptional power efficiency results in fewer
battery replacements and/or reduced battery size.


SIGFOX is the first and only operator of a cellular network fully dedicated to
low-throughput communication for connected objects. Leveraging on its patented
UNB technology SIGFOX brings a revolution to the M2M and Internet of Things
world by enabling large-scale connection of objects. The network already
connects tens of thousands of objects in France and international cities.

For more information, please visit and follow SIGFOX on
Twitter at

About Silicon Labs

Silicon Labs is an industry leader in the innovation of high-performance,
analog-intensive, mixed-signal ICs. Developed by a world-class engineering
team with unsurpassed expertise in mixed-signal design, Silicon Labs’ diverse
portfolio of patented semiconductor solutions offers customers significant
advantages in performance, size and power consumption. For more information
about Silicon Labs, please

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