Internet of Things Product of the Year
Product Name: WiFi HaLow MM61xx
Company: Morse Micro
Morse Micro is solving real-world Industrial IoT deployments with unmatched differentiation and high-performance WiFi HaLow to enable WiFi IoT connectivity to its full potential.
While conventional WiFi is the most ubiquitous wireless communications protocol in use today, the rapid growth of the Industrial IoT has forced a rethinking of WiFi, revealing technological gaps and what role it needs to play in an all-encompassing connected world. The higher demands for long-range connectivity and low power requirements for many IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) applications have enabled the launch of Morse Micro’s WiFi HaLow connectivity across the complete industrial IoT ecosystem.
WiFi HaLow technology, standardized by the IEEE 802.11ah task group, operates in the unlicensed sub-1 gigahertz (GHz) frequency spectrum band and offers data rates varying from hundreds of kbits/s to tens of Mbits/s and across distances of tens of meters to over a kilometer. WiFi HaLow satisfies the scalability, robustness, and security demands required to address the most challenging IoT environments.
Morse Micro WiFi HaLow solves today’s limitations that impede new IoT-centric business models emerging across industrial IoT, requiring greater capacity, range, and battery operation while minimizing deployment costs and timelines.
The company has launched the smallest WiFi HaLow system-on-chip, providing 10 times the range, 100 times the area, and 1000 times the volume of traditional WiFi, providing a complete WiFi HaLow connectivity solution. The MM61xx family of SoC are single-chip solutions, each incorporating the Radio, PHY, and MAC sections designed following the IEEE 802.11ah standard, supporting data rates up to 43.3Mbps. The standard provides for operation in the sub-1 GHz license-exempt RF bands. The Radio in the MM61xx supports programmable operation in these bands worldwide, between 750MHz and 950MHz.
Utilizing narrow frequency bands in the unlicensed sub-1 GHz spectrum and away from the highly-congested 2.4 GHz traditional WiFi, WiFi HaLow penetrates obstacles more easily and reaches farther than 1km. Developed specifically for the industrial IoT, a single WiFi HaLow Access Point (AP) can securely connect up to 8,191 devices, simplifying network deployment and reducing costs. Throughput of tens of Mbps easily supports high definition video while consuming far less power without compromising on the highest WPA3 enterprise-grade security levels and support for over-the-air (OTA) firmware upgrades – features that any other long-range wireless networks cannot support. Advanced sleep modes allow IP-addressable sensors and trackers to last multi-years on a small battery.
Morse Micro enables fewer traditional access points to support more industrial IoT devices. It also allows WiFi HaLow to be boosted to penetrate buildings. In addition, WiFi HaLow can more effectively distribute the WiFi signal to achieve greater coverage while meeting very low power for years of battery life. WiFi HaLow uses narrower channels of radio frequencies in the license-exempt, Sub-1 GHz band, which penetrate better through materials, allowing connections reaching up to 10 times farther, 100 times the area and 1,000 times the volume than traditional WiFi. As a result, Morse Micro is unlocking the potential of WiFi in the industrial IoT and accelerating large-scale WiFi HaLow commercialization.
WiFi HaLow is not only the next generation of WiFi to extend distances and increase battery life for Wi-Fi-connected devices, but it also represents an exciting future of wirelessly connected people and devices across the IoT. Applications are endless, from sensors, actuators, and security cameras to industrial IoT, all to improve user experience and productivity while reducing installation and operational costs.
Morse Micro WiFi HaLow technology has already attracted the attention of our industry as one of the most significant improvements in low power and long-range WiFi in decades – with its far-reaching benefits now being validated and designed in by industrial manufacturers.