Semtech announced its new SX1308 LoRa multi-band picocell reference design for multiple indoor applications. The new SX1308 picocell gateway IC along with SX1255 or SX1257 LoRa RF transceiver are offered as low cost solution . Selling pricing for the LoRa picocell gateway through equipment manufacturers is expected to be less than $100 for fully certified products. Through its work with member companies and IoT industry groups, the LoRa Alliance is making LoRaWAN the standard for LPWANs focused on low-power, long-range IoT applications. To date, there are LoRaWAN public and private networks in more than 50 countries worldwide, claims Semtech.
Semtech says its LoRa picocell reference design offers a USB interface for low power gateway designs and connects thousands of sensors in a building or residential community within a range of one mile for outdoor sensor connectivity. The ref design simultaneously receive LoRa and FSK messages on multiple channels with high -139dBm sensitivity. The SX1308 is footprint compatible with the SX1301 data concentrator to simplify the gateway design effort and to support an operating temperature range of 0-70 Celsius. The LoRaWAN picocell network is designed to interoperate with any surrounding LoRaWAN infrastructure and complement existing WiFi networks for cloud connectivity.
The LoRa picocell reference design helps in speeding up the design of IoT enables smart applications such as smart appliances, smart thermostats, door/window monitors, and other equipment used in-home by consumers, and meters, security systems and inventory management systems for small businesses.
“This new LoRa picocell gateway complements the robust LoRaWAN infrastructure by providing a low cost, easily adoptable IoT platform for use in homes, small businesses and buildings,” said Vivek Mohan, Director of Wireless Products for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group. “The influx of LoRaWAN network rollouts throughout the world is making IoT more prevalent in everyday consumer applications, and this picocell gateway platform supplements the existing public LoRaWAN network infrastructure by providing coverage in hard-to-reach indoor areas.”