Microchip and Sigfox launched the industry’s first FCC-certified, RF transceiver and development kits for IoT applications for use on the long-range Sigfox network. Some applications include logistics, agriculture, smart cities, etc.
The kit features Microchip’s ATA8520E, a low-power RF transceiver with an integrated AVR microcontroller. The new kits also contain the first FCC-certified board that allows developers to easily connect to Sigfox’s long-range, two-way global IoT network, resulting in a low-cost, low-power device-to-cloud connectivity solution.
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 solutions come complete with the Sigfox library, modulation, ID and PAC code, and a security key enabling IoT developers to quickly get their designs to market.
Sigfox network is currently operating in 24 countries and provides energy-efficient connectivity for billions of devices that are required to periodically send small quantities of data over long distances. This network results in substantially low power consumption and longer battery life compared to traditional cellular, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivity, the firm notes.
The ATA8520E is also the first fully Sigfox-certified chip suitable for both North America and Europe.
“The applications for the rapidly growing IoT market are endless,” said Matthias Kaestner, vice president of Microchip’s Radio Frequency and Automotive business unit. “With this new FCC-certified solution combining the best of Microchip and Sigfox offerings, the possibilities are unlimited for the billions of IoT connections. Our Sigfox solution gives any IoT application the secure, long-range wireless connectivity required to get these ‘smart’ things ‘connected’ – at a fraction of the cost and power consumption of a cellular connection.”
“We are excited with Microchip’s long-range wireless solution as it is compelling, reliable and out-of-the-box ready,” said Tony Francesca, Sigfox vice president of Global Ecosystem Partners. “With its FCC certification, we look forward in partnering with Microchip to enable many IoT use cases and billions of devices to be connected to Sigfox’s network in the US and other countries that are based on FCC type approvals.”
For more information about the new Sigfox solutions, view the full Press release.