Microchip Technology is a part of the LoRa Alliance, an industry organization formed in January 2015 to promote semiconductor vendor Semtech’s LoRa technology and evolve the LoRaWAN protocol as an open industry standard. Other Alliance members to date include IBM and Cisco as well as operators Belgacom, Bouygues Telecom, Fastnet, KPN, Singtel and Swisscom
LPWAN technology for M2M and IoT applications is seeing increasing hype due to its key purported advantages compared to current cellular technologies, namely: lower costs, longer battery life, longer range, greater node density and (in contrast to low power local area networks) a simplified network topology.
What is LoRA?
LoRa is a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) specification intended for wireless battery operated devices in regional, national or global networks. LoRaWAN targets key requirements of the ‘internet of things’ such as secure bi-directional communication, mobility and localization services.
What are the benefits of using LoRa through Microchip over Semtech?
- Scale: Semtech are a smaller company and although very skilled, they will hit a support bandwidth problem as LoRa scales up. Microchip has the infrastructure to work through that.
- Time-to-Market: Semtech offer the radio only as a chip, and only have reference designs for the MCU&stack. TTM for chip designs is long especially when the customer has to invest in integration and finishing/maintaining the stack. With Microchip the RN products have all of this complete and ready to go, and the stack is pre-verified against all of the LoRaWAN ecosystem. It is the “golden unit”.
- Certifications: Certifications. As a module, we are already certified for R&TTE (ETSI) and FCC.
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