Actility, at Electronica 2018, announced collaborating with Microchip to allow IoT device manufacturers to speed their time to market and ensure seamless integration with LoRaWAN operator networks globally.
Microchip has fully validated interoperability of the LoRaWAN network stack with the newly launched SAM R34 System-in-Package (SiP) family and qualified the hardware through Actility’s ThingPark Connected programme, to ensure that any vendor using the SiP can be sure that their device is fully interoperable with any of the 60 national or large scale low power wide area (LPWA) IoT communication networks deployed across 5 continents by Actility customers and powered by the ThingPark Wireless platform.
According to David Royet, Director of Ecosystem and Digital Services, Actility, ThingPark Connected is an interoperability test programme for hardware, devices, and applications, covering multiple regions, LoRaWAN versions and device classes. It goes beyond simple standards compliance to ensure an end to end performance on networks powered by ThingPark Wireless in realistic use conditions.
According to Clayton Pillion, Director, Marketing of Wireless Solutions business unit, Microchip, as the LoRa ecosystem expands rapidly across geographies, interoperability testing with networks is crucial to reduce risk and time to market.
The SAM R34 is a highly integrated LoRa SiP family that combines sub-GHz RF LoRa transceiver, an ultra-low-power 32-bit microcontroller (MCU), and software stack in a 6 x 6 mm package. The devices provide the industry’s lowest power consumption in sleep modes, making the SAM R34 family ideal for low-power, long-range IoT applications.