LoRa hits the Smart Home

Semtech releases LoRa Smart Home device
Semtech has released LoRa Smart Home, a transceiver for LPWAN based smart homes, community and consumer applications. (Semtech)

Aiming at the growing Smart Home market, Semtech Corporation has announced LoRa Smart Home, a device designed for LPWAN based smart homes, community and consumer applications. The transceiver provides low power, broad coverage for indoor and neighborhood area IoT devices connecting to sensors and actuators for safety, environmental and convenience use cases.

The transceiver is intended for battery-powered sensors with multi-year operation. It features 600nA of sleep current and 4.6 mA of active receive current consumption. With support for LoRa modulation for low power LAN use cases and (G)FSK modulation for legacy use cases, this device is compatible with existing LoRaWAN-based networks and supports proprietary protocols. Continuous frequency coverage from 150 MHz to 960 MHz allows the support of all major sub-GHz ISM bands around the world.

“With its simple and flexible network architecture, Semtech’s LoRa Smart Home device offers a unique opportunity to accelerate the consumer adoption of smart home connected solutions,” said Pedro Pachuca, Director of IoT Wireless in Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group. “As an end-to-end solution, or as a complement to Wi-Fi, LoRa Smart Home broadens smart home solutions by enabling connectivity for low cost and battery powered end points both indoors and outdoors.”

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Key features of LoRa Smart Home include sensitivity to -126 dBm, +22 dBm output power with high efficiency PA, less than 5 mA current consumption, and a footprint of 4 x 4 in. The system is designed to work even when the signal is -10 dB below noise.

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