Semtech Partners with Link Labs On New LoRa™ Radio Module

Published November 06, 2015

Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTC), a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, today announced it has teamed up with Link Labs, a wireless connectivity product design company based near Washington DC, for the LL-LP-20 radio module featuring Semtech’s LoRa™ long distance technology. The Link Labs LL-LP-20, is a compact, low power, bidirectional radio module for the 915 MHz ISM band and 868 MHz frequency band, and features the LoRaMAC software stack for integration with the LoRa partner ecosystem. LL-LP-20 is fully FCC/IC certified for immediate use in the US and Canada.LoRa™ technology and the LL-LP-20 are designed for industrial control, security/automation, smart metering, and sensor network applications. The additional range provided by LoRa will eliminate the need for repeaters in these applications, significantly simplifying the system design and lowering the total cost of deployment. The range extension provided by LoRa™ also makes the device ideal for emerging smart city, Internet of things (IOT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. LoRa utilizes spread-spectrum communication and provides high interference immunity while minimizing current consumption. The LL-LP-20 achieves a maximum sensitivity level of -141 dBm with a maximum output power of +19 dBm resulting in a link budget of 160 dB and achieving range of more than 15 km in a rural environment or 2-5 km in a dense urban environment operating in compliance with US or European regulatory limits. “LoRa solves the traditional design compromise between range, interference immunity and energy consumption” explains Hardy Schmidbauer, Director of Wireless Products at Semtech Corp. The growing use of the 915 MHz frequency band commonly used in the US/Canada creates increased interference for security systems, smoke detectors, lighting control, home automation and smart meter applications. The LL-LP-20 provides increased interference immunity compared to conventional radio systems by providing up to six orthogonal spreading sequences with three different signal bandwidth options and four error correction schemes.

“The LL-LP-20 and LoRa are a powerful alternative to Zigbee or other mesh networks for users that need extremely long battery life and great range performance,” says Link Labs CEO Brian Ray. The module provides a cost effective and quick solution for integrating LoRa technology into existing or new products. To simplify the first steps of integration, Link Labs offers a starter kit with the corresponding demo and configuration software.

About Semtech

Semtech Corporation is a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors for high-end consumer, computing, communications and industrial equipment. Products are designed to benefit the engineering community as well as the global community. The company is dedicated to reducing the impact it, and its products, have on the environment. Internal green programs seek to reduce waste through material and manufacturing control, use of green technology and designing for resource reduction. Publicly traded since 1967, Semtech is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol SMTC. For more information, visit www.semtech.com.

About Link Labs

Link Labs is a wireless connectivity product design company based near Washington DC that is focused on making long range, IoT/M2M networks a reality. This small team of elite engineering professionals helps companies of all sizes bring new wireless products to market quickly. Founded in 2014, Link Labs has grown to a staff of 16, with worldwide product distribution. www.link-labs.com

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Written by Brian Ray

Brian is the Founder and CTO of Link Labs. As the chief technical innovator and leader of the company, Brian has led the creation and deployment of a new type of ultra long-range, low-power wireless networking which is transforming the Internet of Things and M2M space.

Before starting Link Labs, Brian led a team at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab that solved communications and geolocation problems for the national intelligence community. He was also the VP of Engineering at the network security company, Lookingglass, and served for eight years as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and received his Master’s Degree from Oxford University.

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