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Renesas Joins LoRA Alliance; Plans To Launch Compact MCUs

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Renesas Joins LoRA Alliance; Plans To Launch Compact MCUs

Renesas has joined the LoRa Alliance, an open non-profit association that focuses on the standardization and widespread adoption of LoRaWAN. The firm also plans to launch compact microcontrollers supporting LoRaWAN technology for a wide array of IoT systems.

LoRaWAN is a wireless specification that achieves low-power wide-area (LPWA) wireless networks for the Internet of Things (IoT) as an open global standard.

As IoT is emerging, the development of LPWA wireless networks continues to progress. Various standardization and promotion organizations are making vigorous efforts to create specifications and promote widespread adoption of their specifications to create a global IoT market.

The LoRa Alliance is advancing LoRaWAN standardization and its promotion, and is engaged in efforts to develop low-power wide-area wireless networks that use frequency bands that do not require licensing.

Renesas has joined the LoRa Alliance as a sponsor member, the highest level of membership, and from that leadership position will continue to contribute to both the standardization and promotion activities of LoRaWAN, which is expected to further expand in the future.

As part of its efforts to support LoRAWAN standard, the firm plans to develop and produce, within a year, MCUs that support LoRaWAN.  The firm says its compact MCU package will simplify the integration into the systems and reduce the mounting area on the board compared to the conventional packaging methods.

Based on these technologies, Renesas intends to deliver a total wireless network solution combining wireless MCU and software.

According to the Press release, Renesas will first offer low-power RL78 MCUs aimed for IoT sensor end-devices that can be driven by batteries over the long term.

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