Microchip Technology Inc

Low Power Wide Area Networks

In an increasingly connected world, wireless connectivity is more essential than ever. Consumer demands are escalating as wireless extends from PC peripherals and home entertainment applications to the Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine to Machine (M2M) communication.

LoRa™, which stands for Long-Range Wireless, is based on a proprietary technology developed by our partner, Semtech. LoRa utilizes a digital spread spectrum modulation and proprietary protocol in the Sub-GHz RF band to enable long range greater than 10 miles, low power and high network capacity.

SIGFOX uses a UNB (Ultra Narrow Band) based radio technology to connect devices to its global network.  The use of UNB is key to providing a scalable, high-capacity network, with very low energy consumption, while maintaining a simple and easy to rollout star-based cell infrastructure.

Business ModelPrivate or Public Network, Technology sell Public Network Service sell (subscription) by SIGFOX
CoverageLocal or country-wide deployments All continents and countries. Free roaming
TopologySpread spectrum proprietary radio technology (wideband CDMA), Point to MultipointUNB (ultra narrow band) and SDR (software defind radio), Point to Multipoint
Frequency BandsFree ISM bands, ETSI & FCC:
EU: 868 MHz/433 MHz
North America: 902-928 MHz
China: 779-787 MHz
Free ISM bands, ETSI & FCC:
EU: 868 MHz for Europe (RCZ1)
North America: 902/915 MHz (RCZ2)
Other areas following
Infrastructure CostPart of the System cost. Gateways have to be installed as well as cloud systemsBase stations installed by SIGFOX
Cell Phone concept
Data provided in SIGFOX cloud
Device EcosystemSemtech Open & Large partner ecosystem 
Microchip ContentµC micro + Semtech radio Module (above combined)Single Chip solution: µC with TRX