Semtech Corporation, a leading global supplier of high-performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, announced the release of a software upgrade for LoRa® integrated circuits (IC) and gateways that significantly increases network capacity, robustness to interference and enables a low power and reliable direct data links from sensors to satellites. The software enhancement can be leveraged by second-generation LoRa ICs to enable the LoRaWAN® standard new data rate, Long Range Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (LR-FHSS), recently ratified by the LoRa Alliance®.
“As the smart cities trend continues to proliferate globally, the new capability is a step for Semtech’s LoRa platform toward massive Internet of Things (IoT) deployments in densely populated areas,” said Marc Pégulu, vice president of IoT product marketing for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group. “In addition, the enablement of direct IoT to satellite services revolutionizes the industry with affordable ubiquitous connectivity for remote areas, ultimately creating a smarter and more secure planet.”
The new suite of tools will be specifically enabled on Semtech’s LoRa transceivers: SX1261, SX1262, LoRa Edge™ platform, and the V2.1 gateway reference design. For LoRaWAN networks where V2.1 gateways are deployed, operators can enable the new capability with a simple gateway firmware upgrade. In addition to expanded capacity, LoRaWAN networks will be more robust in harsh radio conditions (deep indoor) and in some regions will offer the possibility to increase terrestrial coverage.
Semtech’s LoRa® Platform
Semtech’s LoRa device-to-cloud platform is a globally adopted long-range, low power solution for IoT applications, enabling the rapid development and deployment of ultra-low power, cost-efficient, and long-range IoT networks, gateways, sensors, module products, and IoT services worldwide. Semtech’s LoRa technology provides the communication layer for the LoRaWAN standard, which is maintained by the LoRa Alliance®, an open IoT alliance for Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) applications that have been used to deploy IoT networks in over 100 countries. Semtech is a founding member of the LoRa Alliance. To learn more about how LoRa enables IoT, visit Semtech’s LoRa site.
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