Semtech Corp. has joined with other technology companies and organizations to create a college curriculum based on its long-range radio frequency technology.
The Camarillo semiconductor developer will oversee the curriculum, coursework and technical expertise of the LoRaWAN Academy that will teach the next generation of engineers and computer scientists to develop and operate applications on the Internet of Things, a network of connected devices.
The College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh is among the first schools to use the curriculum.
Also contributing to the course are Kerlink, in France, which is providing indoor and outdoor wireless gateways; Microchip Technology Inc., in Chandler, Ariz., which is providing development kits for students and researchers; and myDevices, headquartered in France but with a U.S. office in Calabasas, that will provide Cayenne, an Internet of Things prototyping and solution builder platform. Semtech is an investor in myDevices.
Jaap Groot, vice president of system business development for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group, said that by establishing the academy the company and the co-sponsors are providing universities with tools to prepare their students for the Internet of Things.
“The LoRaWAN Academy program will give way to a new generation of engineers prepared to tackle the world’s toughest challenges with IoT technology and equip universities with the infrastructure to conduct LPWAN (low power wide area network) research,” Groot said in a prepared statement.
Shares in Semtech (SMTC) closed down Wednesday 70 cents, or nearly 2 percent, to $37.90 on the Nasdaq.