Semtech provide low power connectivity to Amazon Sidewalk

Long range (LoRa) devices from Semtech provide long range, low bandwidth connectivity for Amazon Sidewalk, the crowd sourced wireless network that can simplify device set up, extend range and provide limited functionality even when devices fall offline. It is free of charge to customers.

LoRa devices are defined by the long range, low power operation which make it particularly suitable for low bandwidth outdoor and indoor smart home and smart community products.

Semtech’s LoRa platform in the Amazon Sidewalk network extends the range of a customer’s home network to connect both outdoor and indoor, low bandwidth smart home products, including smart lights, pet trackers, sensors for asset tracking, smart irrigation, and additional low cost devices needed for residential use. With extended range, mobility and low power consumption, the LoRa platform enables the rapid deployment of a vast range of secure, low touch consumer IoT applications, says Semtech.

“The collaboration with Amazon solidifies that LoRa is the de facto platform for IoT LPWAN applications and expands LoRa to new consumer applications,” said Mohan Maheswaran, Semtech’s president and CEO.

The global smart home market is expected to grow by a factor of five to reach more than $192 billion in 2023, a rapid increase from the $41 billion in revenues in 2018 (IHS Markit). Networks such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, are limited in connectivity and range whereas cellular (e.g. 5G) is needed for mission critical, long distance, guaranteed delivery of data, but can be too costly and power hungry for battery operated devices.

Semtech’s LoRa devices are widely adopted long range, low power solutions for IoT that gives telecomms companies, IoT application makers and system integrators the feature set necessary to deploy low cost, interoperable IoT networks, gateways, sensors, module products, and IoT services worldwide. IoT networks based on the LoRaWAN specification have been deployed in 100 countries and Semtech is a founding member of the LoRa Alliance, the fastest growing IoT Alliance for Low Power Wide Area Network applications.

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