Microchip Launches Sigfox Transceiver and Development Kits for IoT Applications
Microchip Technology Inc. and Sigfox have launched the industry’s first FCC-certified, fully integrated RF transceiver and kits for developing IoT solutions for use on the Sigfox network. Powered by Microchip’s ATA8520E, a low-power RF transceiver with an integrated AVR® microcontroller, the new kits contain the first FCC-certified board that allows developers to easily connect to Sigfox’s long-range, two-way global Internet of Things (IoT) network – resulting in a low-cost, low-power device-to-cloud connectivity solution.
IoT applications in the US range from logistics, to agriculture, smart cities and other machine to machine (M2M) sectors. The ATA8520E is also the first fully Sigfox-certified chip suitable for both North America and Europe.
Customers can either purchase Microchip’s Sigfox-certified ATA8520E as a standalone kit, designed primarily to test the technology, or as a kit combined with an Xplained PRO board, a solution for system-design purposes. Both are dedicated for Sigfox’s IoT network in the license-free ISM bands. The solutions come complete with the Sigfox library, modulation, ID and PAC code, and a security key enabling IoT developers to quickly get their design to market.
Sigfox is on its way to establishing one global, seamless network that presently operates in 24 countries and registers over 8 million devices in its network, and will provide easy, universal, energy-efficient connectivity for billions of devices that steadily send data over long distances. Sigfox and Microchip are teaming together to make IoT devices more affordable, lower operational costs and power consumption, and substantially increase battery life compared to traditional cellular, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi® connectivity.
Microchip Technology Inc. is a leading provider of microcontroller (MCU), mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions. Sigfox is the world’s leading provider of global solutions for the Internet of Things.
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