Multi-band LoRa radio module simplifies wireless design

Murata has unveiled its Type 2GT module, a multi-band, low-power radio (LoRa) module which marks a significant leap forward in the development of IoT devices requiring versatile wireless connectivity.

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This highly integrated module offers a comprehensive solution that caters to the complex demands of global certification standards, facilitating seamless deployment in diverse regions and industries.

The Type 2GT module is 9.98 x 8.70 x 1.74mm and is built on a PCB housed in a metal case and packaged as a land grid array. The module uses Semtech’s advanced LR1121 RF transceiver IC, a thermally compensated crystal oscillator (TCXO), a second 32KHz crystal, an RF switch, and an RF matching network.

These components ensure maximum frequency accuracy and reliable performance under varying environmental conditions.

For end-device designers, this translates to simpler and small sized PCB designs and lower development costs, thanks to the module’s ease of integration and streamlined certification process.

The Type2GT’s support for multiple frequency bands - including sub-GHz bands, the 2.4GHz ISM band, and the 2.1GHz satellite communications S-band -underscores both its flexibility and scalability, meeting the needs of various IoT applications such as smart agriculture, Industrial and environmental sensing, building and home automation.

Other markets which could benefit from the module’s features include asset tracking, utilities metering, remote-controlled toys and drones.

Support for the 2.4GHz ISM band enables higher data rates, common channel plan across the globe and also allows designers to avoid the duty-cycle limitations imposed on sub-GHz communications by European standards.

Murata’s Type2GT module is certified to European CE and American FCC standards, the Japanese TELEC standard, and the Canadian IC standard enabling designers to reuse module RF test reports across different certification authorities.

This will significantly lower compliance barriers, fostering innovation across the IoT ecosystem to serve users in multiple geographies.

Samples are available now with mass production scheduled to begin at the end of March 2024.