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New Semtech LoRa Smart Home Device Offers Low Power, Low Cost, Broad Coverage

By Ken Briodagh

Semtech Corporation, a supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, has launched its LoRa Smart Home, which is designed for LPWAN based smart home, community and consumer applications. The transceiver reportedly provides low power, broad coverage for indoor and neighborhood area IoT devices connecting to sensors and actuators for safety, environmental and convenience use cases.

“As an end-to-end solution, or as a complement to Wi-Fi, LoRa Smart Home broadens smart home solutions by enabling connectivity for low cost and battery powered end points both indoors and outdoors,” said Pedro Pachuca, Director, IoT Wireless, Wireless and Sensing Products Group, Semtech. “The new LoRa Smart Home device provides a flexible and cost effective solution for low latency smart home applications, including smart key locks and lighting, enabling low cost network extension and providing a bridge to the many LoRaWAN®-based B2B and B2C solutions available in the IoT market today.”

The company said its new transceiver is intended for battery-powered sensors with multi-year operation. It has 600nA of sleep current and 4.6 mA of active receive current consumption. With support for LoRa modulation for low power LAN use cases and (G)FSK modulation for legacy use cases, this device is compatible with existing LoRaWAN-based networks and supports proprietary protocols. Continuous frequency coverage from 150 MHz to 960 MHz allows the support of all major sub-GHz ISM bands around the world.

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Ken Briodagh is a storyteller, writer and editor with about two decades of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.

Edited by Ken Briodagh

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