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Microchip Adopts Semtech’s LoRa RF Technology for Enabling IoT

05 August 2014

Yet another deal has been struck in order to proliferate the Internet of Things (IoT), this time with Microchip Technology Inc. garnering Semtech Corp.’s LoRa RF technology.

Semtech’s claims its LoRa technology allows for boosts in range, performance, network capacity and battery life compared to similar RF products. Microchip will utilize the technology for use in future products that compete in the IoT, machine-to-machine (M2M), metering, security and industrial-automation spaces.

Microchip joins Kerlink, IMST, IBM and others as those companies that have adopted the long-range RF technology as part of Semtech’s plan to create an ecosystem of partners and product offerings to connect to both private networks as well as public IoT/M2M networks.

Semtech said having another semiconductor supplier contract for LoRa technology will ensure that the availability of LoRa parts will not be interrupted.

Steve Caldwell, vice president of the Wireless Products Division at Microchip, said in a statement, the company is already developing its first LoRa-based products and it “expects this technology to enable compelling new capabilities for our customers.”

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