KYOTO, Japan--(Antara/BUSINESS WIRE)-- Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (TOKYO: 6981) (ISIN: JP3914400001) today announced the results of its collaboration with both STMicro and SigFox to port the SigFox stack to co-exist alongside the LoRa stack on Murataâ€™s small form factor Type ABZ LoRaWANâ„¢ module. With this feature Murata has extended the moduleâ€™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.
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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, Murataâ€™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.
As the first major vendor to offer an LPWAN module that supports both
LoRa and SigFox, Murata expects to achieve a leading position in this
market while giving customers greater solution longevity and robustness.
For example, in the event of a network problem on one network,
customer applications would be able to easily switch to the other
protocol, this offering redundancy of communications links.
Currently, Murataâ€™s Type ABZ LoRaWANâ„¢ module, which uses an STMicro
STM32-based wireless microcontroller and SX1276 Semtech RFIC, operates
in the 806-930MHz frequency band and provides a nominal output power of
+14 dBm that can be boosted to +20 dBm for long range or poor signal
location applications. STMicro is a key partner for Murata, and STMicro
are responsible for the development of the SigFox firmware. SigFox
European certification of the module has been completed and
certification for the US and Asia-Pacific regions is scheduled to be
completed next. The firmware will be made available by STMicro through
â€œWe are very excited to collaborate with STMicroelectronics on launching
Murataâ€™s LoRa/SigFox dual mode module into the LPWA ecosystemâ€, said
Samir Hennaoui, Product Manager at Murata. â€œBy combining these two
complementary technologies, we have produced a module suitable for the
many different kinds of applications our customers wish to use it for.
The interoperability of the module will also encourage new customers to
enter the market.â€
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Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. is a worldwide
leader in the design, manufacture and sale of ceramic-based passive
electronic components & solutions, communication modules and power
supply modules. Murata is committed to the development of advanced
electronic materials and leading edge, multi-functional, high-density
modules. The company has employees and manufacturing facilities
throughout the world. For more information, visit Murata's website at www.murata.com
Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
Junko Matsumura, +81-75-955-6786
Corporate Communications Office
Source: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd