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Silicon Labs taps Sigfox for M2M, cloud connectivity

Posted: 25 Feb 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:M2M? IoT? transceivers? wireless Internet?

Silicon Labs has teamed up with cellular network Sigfox to expand efforts in wireless M2M and Internet of Things (IoT) communications.

The combination of Silicon Labs' EZRadioPRO wireless transceivers and Sigfox's Ultra-Narrowband (UNB) technology enables long-range wireless Internet connectivity solutions for a wide array of devices such as smart meters, patient monitors, security devices, street lights and environmental sensors. EZRadioPRO transceivers offer industry-leading wireless performance, extended range and ultra-low power consumption for wireless networking applications operating in the sub-GHz band.

The Sigfox Network provides a cost-effective solution for IoT and M2M services by employing a low-throughput RF communication technology that operates over unlicensed wireless spectrum. The result is an extremely robust, power-efficient and scalable network that can communicate with millions of battery-operated devices in coverage areas of many square kilometers. Already deployed in tens of thousands of connected objects, the Sigfox wireless networking solution enables Internet connectivity for devices that would have been otherwise difficult or impractical to reach until now.

"The collaboration between Silicon Labs and SIGFOX provides a solid wireless platform for M2M communication and cloud connectivity," said Diwakar Vishakhadatta, vice president and general manager of Silicon Labs' Embedded Systems business. "The integration of Sigfox's breakthrough UNB technology further strengthens Silicon Labs' position as a leading supplier of mixed-signal solutions for smart energy, connected home, and other monitoring and control applications for the Internet of Things."

- Paul Buckley
??EE Times Europe





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