No, not really. unlike the mobile app processor space the wireless technology updates/upgrades at a much faster rate so it makes much sense for standalone companies innovating in this area to bring the latest standards into practice.
It seems that the way to go forward is having tight integration with the mobile apps processor and the baseband chip. Which is why Intel snatched Infineon LTE, NVidia got Icera and Qualcomm got the integrated baseband. Altair's best option in the long run, will be to get acquired by one of those mobile CPU vendors.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.