Morse Micro and Silex Technology Release Industrial-Grade SX-SDMAH Wi-Fi HaLow Module

Morse Micro and Silex Technology Release Industrial-Grade SX-SDMAH Wi-Fi HaLow Module

Morse Micro and Silex Technology Release Industrial-Grade SX-SDMAH Wi-Fi HaLow Module

When we last looked at IoT connectivity and smart interoperability solutions provider Morse Micro (here and on Smart City Sentinel, one of our sister sites), the company announced a new opportunity; namely the success of what it called “the world’s first live demonstration of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED HaLow technology spanning three kilometers” (ie just under two miles).

For context, the Morse Micro team organized this record-breaking long-distance video call field test in San Francisco’s Ocean Beach neighborhood to demonstrate the ability of sub-GHz Wi-Fi HaLow signals to reach long distances in challenging real-world conditions. The protocol’s unprecedented 3km range is enabled by Morse Micro’s Wi-Fi CERTIFIED HaLow system-on-a-chip (SoC) solution, which (as seen) offers powerful wireless capabilities for future IoT applications.

Today we have additional Morse Micro/Wi-Fi HaLow-centric news, this time involving Silex Technology America Inc. (or Silex Technology for short), a global provider of wireless networking solutions.

Together, Morse Micro and Silex Technology have now introduced a new industrial Wi-Fi HaLow module for IoT applications:

The SX-SDMAH module.

This module combines Silex’s reliable wireless features with Morse Micro’s MM6108 Wi-Fi HaLow SoC for maximum wireless range, coverage area and smarter power efficiency for compatible IoT devices.

Initial details include:

The SX-SDMAH module is designed with extended long range (i.e. more than 3 kilometers, which is related to the aforementioned Morse Micro tests) and also features ultra-low power consumption for targeted applications including Wi-Fi HaLow access points, gateways, Ethernet wireless bridges, Wi-Fi extenders, IP cameras, 3D scanners, GNSS receiver, vehicle telemetry devices and high-end sensors.

A deeper look at the module (borrowed from the official announcement) includes:

  • Sub-GHz 802.11ah Wi-Fi HaLow radio module operating in the 902-928 MHz bands for the US and Canada with superior physical barrier penetration
  • Long distance wireless connection with 3 km range and high network capacity
  • 1/2/4/8 MHz channel bandwidth support
  • Up to 32.5 Mbps PHY bitrate
  • Transmission power of +24 dBm
  • Access point and station mode
  • SDIO/SPI interface for Linux OS and SPI for FreeRTOS
  • Advanced security features including WPA3 and Wi-Fi Enhanced Open
  • Small Form Factor Surface Mount Module: 17mm x 18mm x 2.65mm with built-in MHF-1 antenna connector
  • Industrial temperature range from -40 ºC to +85 ºC

“We are proud to partner with Morse Micro to deliver next-generation Wi-Fi HaLow modules that will enable Wi-Fi CERTIFIED HaLow products for the growing global demand for long-range, low-power IoT connectivity,” said Satoru Kumashiro, Senior Product Manager at Silex Technology America. “Morse Micro is advancing the Wi-Fi HaLow market with best-in-class Wi-Fi HaLow SoCs that can extend the wireless connectivity of IoT devices up to three kilometers, far beyond the reach of conventional Wi-Fi.”

“Silex is a leader in wireless module solutions for the expanding IoT ecosystem, and we are pleased to partner with them in the development of the new SX-SDMAH module,” said Philip Kumin, senior vice president of worldwide sales and business development at Morse Micro. “Our collaboration will accelerate time to market and simplify the development process of a wide range of IoT products based on the Wi-Fi HaLow IEEE 802.11ah standard.” Together, we are building momentum for Wi-Fi HaLow as a long-term range protocol for IoT connectivity.”

Edited by Greg Tavarez

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