Digi-Key offers Sigfox’s SDR dongle developers’ platform

The Sigfox SDR dongle is designed to help engineers speed up development and tests. It is now available globally through Digi-Key Electronics. The electronic components distributor says the SDR dongle allows for development of Sigfox devices independent from Sigfox public network coverage.

The Sigfox SDR dongle is the hardware platform on which to run the Sigfox Device Test Suite, a comprehensive device developer software toolkit which includes the network emulator. This is developed to test end-to-end and bi-directional data transport services between the device and the application. Also included is the radio signal analyser, developed to test radio compliance with Sigfox verified certification requirements.

“SDR dongle will accelerate adoption of Sigfox technology for partners all across the world,” says Laetitia Jay, chief marketing officer at Sigfox. “We feel excited that Digi-Key now provides essential developer tools for quick starting, prototyping and fast developing scalable IoT solutions.”

The Sigfox SDR dongle is a powerful and configurable radio receiver and transmitter emulating the Sigfox network. It is the easiest way for device and solution makers to speed up development and tests, says Digi-Key without the need for network coverage and for every country’s radio frequency configuration.

“We’re excited to advance our role as an ecosystem partner of Sigfox and continue to increase our portfolio to support customers in their Sigfox journey,” said Robbie Paul, director, IoT Business Development at Digi-Key. “With our global reach, the Sigfox SDR dongle will be available to everyone and will allow any device maker to start designing devices regardless of the radio zone they are in or where an R&D team is located.”

Digi-Key Electronics, headquartered in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA, is an authorised, global, full-service distributor of electronic components, offering more than 6.8 million products. It holds over 1.4 million products in stock and available for immediate shipment, from over 675 name-brand manufacturers. Digi-Key also offers a wide variety of online resources such as EDA and design tools, datasheets, reference designs, instructional articles and videos and multimedia libraries. Technical support is available 24/7 via email, phone and webchat.


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