Microchip Technology Inc. has rolled out a LoRa-based radio module for the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) wireless applications.
Introductions of LoRa (short for long range) devices have been increasing in frequency after the formal launch of the LoRa Alliance at Mobile World Congress. The alliance is targeting a wireless standard for networking that allows for a range of more than 10 miles and a battery life of greater than 10 years that will connect millions of wireless sensor nodes to LoRa technology gateways.
Microchip's 433/868 MHz RN2483 is a R&TTE directive assessed radio module for the European market that allows systems to connect and control a large number of sensors and actuators, the company said.
Recently, three IoT network operators signed up to use LoRa-based technology to enable next-generation large-scale LPWAN deployments. In January, Semtech grabbed up Cisco-back EnVerv in order to expand its smart grid technology to further enable its LoRa devices. Also in January, Cisco and IBM joined in support of LoRa for next-generation deployment of the interface for future networks.