World’s First Dual-Mode Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) Compliant Wireless Communication Chip

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ML7404 wireless RF IC near ruler to show small size.

New IC supports Sigfox and IEEE802-15-4k protocols and lengthens range 10x for IoT products.

ROHM and LAPIS Semiconductor have collaborated on the world’s first LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) IC for a broad range of wireless IoT applications.

This IC is being called the ML7404 and is the first chip in the industry to have dual-mode capabilities which support the standard Sigfox, a subscription-based protocol using sub-GHz, and the popular IEEE802-15.4k international protocol. Sigfox is gaining popularity, now being adapted in over 30 countries. The IEEE802.15.4k protocol has excellent resilience against noise. The combination of the two protocols in one IC allows an unparalleled level of flexibility in industrial and IoT applications.

Rohm and LAPIS are working with module companies, and devices containing this chip will be available soon. The stack for the IEEE802.15.4k protocol will also be offered as open source from stack vendors.

In recent history, developers have been using LPWA on the sub-GHz band because licensing is not necessary. Because there is no standard on specific RF frequencies from one country to another, it is useful to have the kind of flexibility that dual-band products provide, and can apply to a broad array of industrial and IoT products.

With a history of providing leading-edge sub-GHz wireless technology for low power radio base stations, LAPIS and ROHM are making strides with IoT. This new LPWA chip that supports dual-bands will help developers with time-to-market and an impressive feature set.

PN: ML7404
Samples: Now
Mass Production: December 2017

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A veteran of the semiconductor and electronics industry, Mel began his career repairing dot matrix printers in 1998 for a larget IT company in the healthcare space. While earning his electronic engineering degree, he was fortunate enough to work with a group of fantastic engineers at a small engineering firm, giving him a broad base of knowledge in mechanical and electrical engineering, as well as purchasing and supply chain management. Once he graduated, Mel decided to pursue technical sales, working for one of the biggest broad-line electronics distributors in the world. To narrow his focus on a group of suppliers and technologies, Mel spent eight years working as a manufacturers’ rep focused on semiconductor products. Having gained a well-rounded background in engineering, distribution, and technical rep sales, he currently works for a large semiconductor manufacturer in the Atlanta area. Mel has two small children and enjoys hiking on the weekends.

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