French startup SIGFOX has announced that the Atmel ATA8520 device has become first SIGFOX Ready-certified system-on-chip (SoC) solution.
The combination of Atmel’s dedicated SIGFOX-certified IC with SIGFOX’s proprietary network enables low cost, long-range, low-power wireless connectivity for a wide array of IoT applications including environmental sensors, smart meters, patient monitors, security devices and street lights. Atmel’s new ATA8520 SoC and SIGFOX’s scalable, high-performance network offer industry-leading wireless performance and ultra-low power consumption in a cost-effective solution for wireless networking applications operating in the sub-GHz band.
The SIGFOX global IoT network operates in several European countries and is expected to begin deployment in the U.S. later this year. The network is designed exclusively for long range, small-message device communication. SIGFOX and Atmel drive IoT device cost, service cost and power consumption dramatically down compared to traditional cellular or Wi-Fi connectivity. This effectively eliminates existing cost barriers and battery service life constraints for connected device deployment which enables rapid IoT adoption in existing and new IoT market segments.
“As a leader in the microcontroller, security and IoT market, Atmel is committed to enabling IoT developers to bring their SIGFOX connected devices quickly to market with Atmel’s SIGFOX-certified and cost optimized solutions,” said Matthias Kaestner, Vice President of Atmel’s RF and Automotive business. “The new SIGFOX-certified Atmel ATA8520 SoC further strengthens our position as a leading supplier of wireless solutions for smart energy, connected home and other monitoring and control applications for the Internet of Things.”
The Atmel ATA8520 features the industry’s highest performance, lowest power sub-GHz SoC transceiver designed to maximize range and battery life for power-sensitive wireless systems. Offering frequency coverage from 315 to 915MHz, the ATA8520 transceivers offer industry-leading RF performance resulting in extended wireless range and compliance with the industry’s most stringent narrowband regulatory standards. In addition, the ATA8520 transceivers provide exceptional power efficiency resulting in fewer battery replacements and/or reduced battery size.
“SIGFOX works closely with providers of enabling technologies through our SIGFOX ReadyTM program to certify their devices and make it easy for customers to adopt IoT through our network,” said Stuart Lodge, SIGFOX Executive Vice President of Global Sales. “The continuing global roll-out of our network relies on the availability of world-class wireless ICs, and Atmel’s solution delivers the industry-leading RF performance, low-power consumption and low-cost operation that our customers require.”