The IoT modules enable wireless connectivity to sensors, devices, and systems communicating at high data rates or over a long distance and run a fully compatible Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0 stack built on Semtech’s SX1280chipsets.
Avnet Silica, an Avnet company, today announced the availability of Miromico’s FMLR-8x-x-STLx LoRa® IoT modules that run a fully compatible Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 5.0 stack using Semtech’s 2.4 GHz SX1280 LoRa transceiver. The solution does not require any additional BLE 5.0 device. Target IoT applications include track and trace, building automation, construction monitoring, mining, farming, telemetry, remote data logging, and many others. Built on Semtech’s LoRa 2.4GHz technology, Miromico provides a firmware platform that allows multiple wireless protocols running on the same microcontroller, i.e., LoRa and BLE 5.0.
The combination of both technologies in the same wireless module is a powerful new technology. It enables commissioning, configuration, local data monitoring, or firmware-update of IoT devices using smartphones, tablets, car navigation systems, or other iOS or Android-based devices. After the initialization process, it operates LoRa 2.4GHz long-range applications anywhere in the world. For such dual-protocol use-cases, standard IoT devices usually require integrating separate, costly BLE chipsets to connect to the mobile phones.
After the initial setup during deployment, these additional BLE chipsets become redundant.
“FullBLE 5.0 support as a firmware option for our SX1280-based 2.4 GHz LoRa modules and products is a game-changer for a developer implementing IoT technologies,”
said Marcel Wappler, CTO of Miromico.
“It enables new unique applications with very low additional costs compared to hardware-based BLE solutions. Our first goal was to provide the most important BLE peripheral role to our customers, and we are delighted that AvnetSilicais now stocking BLE-ready SX1280 modules and devkits.”
Miromico is a key partner for Avnet Silica, and now with the addition of BLE 5.0 support in the modules based on Semtech’s LoRa®2.4 GHz technology, further unique market opportunities are available”,
said Marco Giegerich, Director Business Development EMEA at Avnet Silica.
The FMLR-8x-x-STLx module-family is available with multiple options, including extra onboard flash memory to enable Over-the-Air (OTA) updates and local data buffering in times when cloud connectivity is temporarily unavailable. Using Miro Edge 2.4 GHz LoRa gateways, the modules support Semtech’s meter-accuracy, active-radar-based ranging and localization technology for both indoor and outdoor environments. Further supported high-bitrate modulation schemes include the very robust and bandwidth-efficient FLRC and (G)FSK.BLE allows bi-directional communication with smartphones, tablets, gadgets, and more. Optional low-power high precision temperature compensated oscillators (TCXO) for both RTC and radio are also available.
The module’s firmware, including the wireless stack, can be updated via SWD, UART Bootloader, or optional Firmware Over-the-Air (FOTA) to support fast prototyping and development. Miromico’s FMLR-8x-x-STLx LoRa modules, development kits, and dual-band LoRa gateways are available now from Avnet Silica.
For more information, please visit: https://www.avnet.com/wps/portal/silica/manufacturers/m/miromico/