Morse Micro unveils Wi-Fi HaLow certified solutions

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Morse Micro, a fabless semiconductor company, has announced one of the industry’s first Wi-Fi Certified HaLow solutions and the industry’s first 8 MHz reference design.

With operations in both Australia and the US, the company is an official Wi-Fi HaLow testbed vendor and has assisted with driving availability of the 802.11 ah certification programme in the Wi-Fi Alliance.

Morse Micro is among the first semiconductor companies to offer certifiable Wi-Fi HaLow chipsets, modules, and reference designs for customers. Forthcoming IoT products based on its Wi-Fi HaLow solutions are Wi-Fi certification ready and benefit from multi-vendor interoperability.

“The potential of extending the already transformative characteristics of Wi-Fi into the sub-1 GHz band is hard to overstate, and we applaud Wi-Fi Alliance’s leadership in unleashing a new era of long-range, low-power and high-capacity Wi-Fi HaLow experiences for consumers,” said Michael De Nil, co-founder and CEO of Morse Micro. “The addition of sub-1 GHz Wi-Fi HaLow will be a game changer for consumers and enterprises, from smart homes and smart cities to industrial markets and everything in between.”

Morse Micro supplies Wi-Fi HaLow system-on-chip (SoC) and module products which combined with its easy-to-use evaluation kits and reference designs, enables both partners and key customers to evaluate the throughput, power efficiency and extended range of the company’s Wi-Fi HaLow solutions.

The company's Wi-Fi HaLow portfolio includes IEEE 802.11ah compliant SoCs. The MM6104 SoC supports 1, 2 and 4 MHz channel bandwidth. The higher performance MM6108 SoC supports 1, 2, 4 and 8 MHz bandwidth and can deliver tens of Mbps throughput to support streaming HD video. According to Morse Micro, these SoCs provide 10x the range, 100x the area and 1000x the volume of traditional Wi-Fi solutions.

The MM6108 and MM6104 SoCs provide a single-chip Wi-Fi HaLow solution incorporating the radio, PHY and MAC and offer data rates that range from tens of Mbps to hundreds of Kbps at the farthest range. The radio supports operation in sub-GHz ISM bands worldwide between 850 MHz and 950 MHz.

The MM6108 and MM6104 RF interface provides the option to use on-chip amplification for typical low-power, low-cost IoT devices, or an additional external PCB-mounted power amplifier (PA) or front-end module (FEM) for ultra-long-reach applications. The RF receiver utilises a high-linearity low-noise amplifier (LNA).

Morse Micro’s low-power IC design, combined with the IEEE 802.11ah standard, enables extended sleep times and lower power consumption for battery-operated client devices, achieving longer battery life durations than other existing IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax generations.