Companies seek to accelerate Wi-Fi HaLow adoption

08 February 2024

Looking to bolster use cases for Wi-Fi HaLow technology, LitePoint, Morse Micro and AzureWave are collaborating to simplify the development process of products based on the IEEE 802.11ah connectivity standard.

Wi-Fi HaLow technology is used in industrial internet of things (IIoT) and large-area smart city infrastructure where long-range connectivity operates in the sub-GHz frequency band.

The collaboration will seek to drive innovation and scale the technology within the IoT ecosystem using each company’s technology. LitePoint will utilize its IQxel-MW 7G test system along with Morse Micro’s MM6108 system on chip (SoC), a single-chip solution with integrated radio, PHY and MAC components and AzureWave’s wireless module, the AW-HM581, an IEEE 802.11ah LGA module.

What is Wi-Fi HaLow?

The wireless protocol was developed by the Wi-Fi Alliance and works with smart homes, industrial markets, smart cities and IoT devices.

The protocol allows for distances to be reached exceeding 1 km and supports a maximum data rate in the hundreds of Mbps. Additionally, it allows for a connection density of more than 8,000 devices per access point.

Some of the benefits of the standard include:

  • Longer range than traditional Wi-Fi
  • Better signal penetration
  • Lower power consumption
  • Extended battery life
  • Up to 78 Mbps capacity over short distances
  • 150 Kbps achievable at up to 1 km
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