The LoRa Alliance, which works to standardize Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) for the Internet of Things, has named the first module approved under its certification program.
The RN2483 module from Microchip Technologies was tested for the functional requirements of the latest LoRaWAN 1.0 protocol specification for the 868 MHz license-free band and was approved for certification on Dec. 28.
The module can help end-use devices easily connect to a LoRaWAN network, enabling low-data-rate Internet of Things and Machine-to-Machine communication.
“The launch of an accredited certification program is a key step toward the LoRa Alliance’s mission to standardize an open specification for secure, carrier-grade, low-power wide area networks (LPWAN). We are proud to be the first and only company to have a module certified to the LoRaWAN 1.0 specification,” said Steve Caldwell, VP of Microchip’s Wireless Product Division and chair of the LoRa Alliance Strategic Committee. “This certification program will provide assurance to end customers that their application-specific end devices will operate on any LoRaWAN network, which is a crucial requirement for the global deployment of the IoT using LPWANs.”
The RN2483 module went through extensive testing in order to meet the benchmarks for the certification test. Since it has been tested with all of the major LoRaWAN network infrastructures, Microchip hopes to see it become a standard reference for LoRa products. It is already in use as a reference device for OrbiWise’s Ubiq Network Solution.
Microchip’s module has 14 GPIOs on a form factor of 17.8 x 26.7 x 3.0 mm.
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