Semtech's LoRa long-range low-power radio to be used by Microchip

August 06, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Semtech has announced that Microchip Technology is to adopt Semtech’s long-range LoRa RF technology. Microchip is developing LoRa technology-based solutions that target Internet-of-things (IoT), machine-to-machine (M2M), metering, security, and industrial-automation applications.

Microchip already offers certified wireless modules, sensors and its eXtreme Low Power PIC microcontrollers for the IoT sector. The agreement with Microchip expands, Semtech says, develops its ecosystem, which includes partnerships with other technology companiess.

LoRa RF technology enables long range – measured in miles/kilometres – with low power connectivity. Competing short-range technology, Semtech says, requires too many repeaters and too much infrastructure to achieve wide coverage, and it has limited capacity in the network to connect a high volume of nodes. This has made the return on investment (ROI) unattractive for many applications and has limited deployments. LoRa addresses these limitations and is enabling simple IoT connectivity.

Semtech is creating an ecosystem of partners and application solutions, to connect to both private networks as well as public IoT/M2M networks, to which it has now added Microchip. “Semtech's LoRa technology provides an excellent solution for the rising market need to wirelessly connect IoT and many other embedded designs,” said Steve Caldwell, Vice President of the Wireless Products Division at Microchip. “We ... have already begun developing our first LoRa solutions.”