Semtech Corporation, a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, today announced that Advantech, a leading provider of embedded and automation products and solutions, has chosen to use Semtech LoRa™ technology to enable long-range RF connectivity with the new standardized M2.COM sensor platform.
The M2.COM platform is a module that combines wireless technology, a microcontroller unit (MCU) and networking capability with a standardized interface for sensors. Integrated LoRa technology will allow for longer range, lower power communication and connectivity into the low power, wide area networks (LPWANs) being deployed by telecom companies and other network service providers internationally.
Advantech, ARM, Bosch Sensortec and Sensirion, among others, launched M2.COM earlier this year to create an open and standardized sensor platform to simplify and accelerate Internet of Things (IoT) sensor applications for makers and sensor manufacturers. Target applications for M2.COM include outdoor wireless sensors, wireless measuring instruments such as CO2 meters and PH meters, agriculture moisture sensors, sensing/tracking devices for supply chain/logistics, and intelligent wireless controllers that allow remote management for things such as street lighting, traffic signals and waste management.
“In order to help our customers bring their IoT solutions to market faster, it is important for us to provide a standardized module interface with the flexibility to support a wide range of options for long range wireless connectivity,” said Miller Chang, VP of Advantech Embedded Computing Group. “Semtech LoRa wireless RF technology is an ideal solution for customers that are looking to develop IoT applications that require a reliable long range wireless connection that uses very low power. It is also a great complement to the other wireless connectivity options available for our M2.COM platform.”
“We are pleased that Advantech has chosen to include our LoRa wireless RF technology as one of the key ingredients in its M2.COM open platform,” said Marc Pegulu, Vice President and General Manager of Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Product Group. “By combining wireless connectivity, MCU, and network connectivity into one standardized and integrated module platform, M2.COM will give developers the ability to create, test and bring their IoT applications to market much faster than a non-integrated approach.”