Murata partners with STMicro to add SigFox connectivity to its LoRaWAN module enabling “Best of Both Worlds” capability

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Arrow Altech has announced the availability of the new ultra-compact, low-cost, low-power-wide- area-network (LPWAN) wireless module that supports the LoRaWAN & Sigfox long range wireless protocol.

Last week, Murata announced the results of its collaboration with both STMicro and SigFox to port the SigFox stack to co-exist alongside the LoRa stack on Murata’s small form factor Type ABZ LoRaWAN™ module. With this feature Murata has extended the module’s capability for providing both LoRa and SigFox capabilities worldwide from a single hardware platform. This approach allows customers to decide which network technology serves the application best depending on location, service requirements and cost.

Both networks offer similar low-power wide area network (LPWAN) capabilities, targeting applications in smart meters, facility management, asset tracking, and a range of other uses in the IoT space. While each has differences, the common goal is network coverage with good Quality of Service (QoS). By supporting both standards, Murata’s module can also bridge both networks, providing even greater deployment flexibility by allowing a dual-mode operation from a single firmware package that can be used globally.

“We are very excited to collaborate with STMicroelectronics on launching Murata’s LoRa/SigFox dual mode module into the LPWA ecosystem”, said Samir Hennaoui, Product Manager at Murata. 
Arrow Altech’s Technical Marketing Manager, Stuart Hanford shares this excitement, “By combining these two complementary technologies, Murata have produced a module suitable for the many different kinds of applications our customers wish to use it for".

Features CMWX series

  • 2.5 x 11.6 x 1.76 mm metal shielded package
  • LoRA Supporting EU\US\APAC\INDIA with 1 Firmware
  • Sigfox supporting Zone 1, 2, 3, 4 with 1 Firmware
  • Includes 192kB flash and 20kB RAM, and an optional STSAFE secure element can be incorporated into the MCU to enhance network security capabilities
  • PA boost function 14dBm\20dBm
  • Typical applications include smart metering, wearables, tracking, M2M and internet of things (IoT) edge nodes

 

To find out more or to order a sample for evaluation please contact:
Jeva Narian
011 923 9713
jnarian@arrow.altech.co.za
www.arrow.altech.co.za