Morse Micro, a fabless semiconductor company reinventing Wi-Fi for the Internet of Things (IoT), announced the availability of Wi-Fi HaLow system-on-chip (SoC) and module samples to early access partners and key customers. These samples, combined with Morse Micro’s easy-to-use evaluation kits, allow developers to evaluate the market-leading throughput, power efficiency, and extended range of the company’s Wi-Fi HaLow solutions.
Morse Micro’s comprehensive Wi-Fi HaLow portfolio includes the industry’s smallest, fastest and lowest power IEEE 802.11ah compliant SoCs. The MM6104 SoC supports 1, 2, and 4 MHz channel bandwidth. The higher performance MM6108 SoC supports 1, 2, 4, and 8 MHz bandwidth and is capable of delivering tens of Mbps throughput to support streaming HD video. These Wi-Fi HaLow SoCs provide 10x the range, 100x the area, and 1000x the volume of traditional Wi-Fi solutions.
Using narrow frequency bands in the unlicensed sub-1 GHz spectrum outside the highly congested 2.4 GHz traditional Wi-Fi band, Wi-Fi HaLow signals penetrate obstacles more easily and can extend beyond 1 km, connecting far-flung IoT devices across residential, retail, office park, campus, warehouse, and factory environments. Developed specifically for the IoT and supporting the latest WPA3 security, a single Wi-Fi HaLow access point (AP) can connect up to 8,191 devices, simplifying network deployment and reducing costs.
Key features of Morse Micro MM6108 and MM6104 SoCs
- IEEE 802.11ah Wi-Fi HaLow transceiver for low-power, long-reach IoT applications.
- Radio supporting worldwide sub-1 GHz frequency bands.
- On-chip power amplifier with support for external FEM option.
- The power management unit (PMU) supporting ultra-low-power operation modes.
- WPA3 Security.
- SDIO 2.0 and SPI host interface options.
- GPIO/UART/I2C/PWM peripheral options.
- 6 x 6 mm QFN48 package.
“The massive capacity and extended range of our Wi-Fi HaLow solution, combined with market-leading power efficiency and 8MHz channel throughput, will redefine Wi-Fi connectivity for the IoT,” said Michael De Nil, co-founder, and chief executive officer at Morse Micro. “As a co-chair of the Wi-Fi HaLow Task Group, Morse Micro is actively promoting Wi-Fi Alliance certification and progressing in the HaLow certification program. By delivering IEEE 802.11ah-compliant SoC and module samples for evaluation, we’re helping our partners and customers accelerate the market shift to Wi-Fi HaLow technology.”
Morse Micro’s standards-based Wi-Fi HaLow solutions leverage the industry’s most ubiquitous wireless protocol, Wi-Fi, to expand connectivity across the IoT ecosystem and overcome the fundamental weaknesses of existing wireless technologies by offering ultra-low power, longer range, and secure connections at much higher capacities. Morse Micro’s diverse portfolio of SoCs, modules, software, IP, and patents is playing a critical role in accelerating Wi-Fi HaLow deployment. The company’s Wi-Fi HaLow solutions address commercial, residential, and industrial IoT markets in applications such as access control, security cameras, industrial automation, retail and mobile devices at throughputs and ranges that will enable new IoT use cases.
Purpose-Built SoCs for Wi-Fi HaLow Connectivity
Designed in compliance with the IEEE 802.11ah standard, Morse Micro’s Wi-Fi HaLow SoC family is poised to redefine low-power, long-reach Wi-Fi connectivity for the IoT. MM6108 and MM6104 SoCs provide a single-chip Wi-Fi HaLow solution incorporating the radio, PHY, and MAC and offering data rates that range from tens of Mbps to hundreds of Kbps at the farthest range. The radio supports operation in sub-GHz ISM bands worldwide between 750 MHz and 950 MHz.
The MM6108 and MM6104 RF interface provide the option to use on-chip amplification for typical low-power, low-cost IoT devices, or an additional external PCB-mounted power amplifier (PA) or front-end module (FEM) for ultra-long-reach applications. The RF receiver utilizes a high-linearity low-noise amplifier (LNA).
Morse Micro’s low-power IC design, combined with the IEEE 802.11ah standard, enables extended sleep times and lower power consumption for battery-operated client devices, achieving longer battery life durations than other existing IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax generations.
Morse Micro’s Wi-Fi HaLow evaluation kits, as well as samples of the MM6108 and MM6104 SoCs and modules, will be available to early access partners and key customers starting late July. Morse Micro will demonstrate its Wi-Fi HaLow technology and evaluation kits at ISC West 2021, July 19-21, 2021.
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