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Microchip launches Sigfox transceiver and development kits

Steve Rogerson
October 27, 2016

US chip firm Microchip Technology has launched what it claims is the industry's first FCC-certified, fully integrated RF transceiver and kits for developing IoT services for use on the Sigfox network.
Powered by Microchip's ATA8520E low-power RF transceiver with integrated AVR microcontroller, the kits contain an FCC-certified board that allows developers to connect to Sigfox's long-range, two-way global IoT network, resulting in low-cost, low-power device-to-cloud connectivity.
This suits IoT applications from logistics to agriculture, smart cities and other M2M sectors. The ATA8520E is also the first fully Sigfox-certified chip suitable for both North America and Europe.
There are two versions. Users can either purchase the ATA8520E as a standalone kit, designed primarily to test the technology, or as a kit combined with an Xplained Pro board for system-design purposes. Both are dedicated for Sigfox's IoT network in the licence-free ISM bands. They come complete with the Sigfox library, modulation, ID and Pac code, and a security key enabling IoT developers to get their designs to market.
"The applications for the rapidly growing IoT market are endless," said Matthias Kaestner, vice president of Microchip's RF 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."
Operating in 24 countries, Sigfox is on its way to establishing one global, seamless network that provides ubiquitous, energy-efficient connectivity for billions of devices that periodically will send small quantities of data over long distances. Sigfox and Microchip are teaming together to drive down IoT device costs, operational costs and power consumption, ultimately resulting in longer battery life compared with traditional cellular, Bluetooth or wifi connectivity.
"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. "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 USA and other countries that are based on FCC type approvals."