Palma Ceia SemiDesign, a provider of next-generation wireless connectivity solutions for the Internet of Things, has announced the availability of its Wi-Fi HaLow Reference Platform.

The platform includes all necessary hardware and software, for the design of Wi-Fi HaLow devices and systems based on the IEEE 802.11ah specification.

“With the Wi-Fi HaLow Reference Platform from Palma Ceia, we will be able to expand our product portfolio offerings for the IoT space,” said Ricardo Lopes, chief executive officer of white goods manufacturer Quantum Leap. “Wi-Fi Halow has been much anticipated for years, and with Palma Ceia’s reference kit we will be able to accelerate delivery of our IoT-targeted products. We at Quantum Leap are integrating Palma Ceia’s Wi-Fi HaLow solutions into our own products.”

Wi-Fi HaLow is the Wi-Fi Alliance’s designation for products based on the IEEE 802.11ah standard for Wi-Fi network transmissions. It operates in spectra below one gigahertz (GHz) to offer longer range and lower power connectivity. Wi-Fi HaLow enables a range of use cases in agricultural, industrial, smart building and smart city environments.

“Our new Wi-Fi HaLow Reference Platform allows customers to prototype and field test connectivity systems compliant with Wi-Fi HaLow,” said Jim Flowers, Palma Ceia’s chief operating officer. “Wi-Fi HaLow is a wireless LAN standard for IoT extending the range of traditional Wi-Fi through the use of sub-gigahertz operating bands.

"It offers a higher throughput than wireless solutions like LoRa and SigFox, and with a low-power architecture that can run many applications for years rather than hours or days. Wi-Fi HaLow will fill a solution gap in the market where IoT high-resolution video or continuous high-density telemetric data needs be transmitted from low-power devices at long range.”

The Palma Ceia Wi-Fi HaLow Reference Platform consists of all necessary hardware and software to showcase the advanced connectivity capabilities of the IEEE 802.11ah standard.