Semtech LoRa™ Wireless RF Technology Adopted by Metering Companies throughout China

LoRa RF technology’s unique feature set offers cost-optimized, scalable solution for automated metering services

Camarillo, California - June 02, 2016

Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTC), a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, announced today that its LoRa™ RF wireless technology has been widely adopted by many metering companies in China to scale metering deployments domestically and internationally. Metering companies in China were some of the early adopters of LoRa technology, and most of the major suppliers in the region design and ship LoRa-equipped meters to companies around the world

LoRa technology allows utility companies to receive information over much longer distances than traditional solutions with a highly optimized current consumption both with the physical communication layer and the LoRaWAN™ specification. In water and gas metering, this translates into a much lower deployment cost and lower end-node cost due to reduction in battery sizes. In electric metering, it is a solution to connect nodes, which are not reachable by mesh or PLC, or a solution for control and communication in the case of outages.

Many metering companies are looking to combine LoRa, PLC and Mesh technologies to provide redundant and optimized hybrid solutions for electricity meters in order to compensate for hard to reach nodes. LoRaWAN gives metering companies comprehensive coverage that is resilient to outages, remote locales and more.

“The development of smart meters in China has boomed in recent years and continues to grow with just under 90 million communicating meters shipped in 2015,” said Jacob Pereira, Lead Smart Utility Infrastructure Analyst, for IHS. “It is the largest market in the world by volume and shows continued strength as smart technologies become increasingly popular.”

“The overwhelming integration of LoRa technology into automatic metering reading (AMR) systems in China is very exciting,” said Mike Wong, Vice President of Marketing and Applications for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Product Group. “The technology, when paired with the standardized LoRaWAN specification and PLC infrastructure, gives a way to develop metering processes that are scalable, affordable and reliable.”

Semtech recently announced the EV8600 dual modem (PLC+RF System-on-Chip) featuring LoRa wireless RF technology, the first fully integrated PLC and LoRa modem for smart grid, smart metering and IoT applications. The PLC+RF System-on-Chip with LoRa technology enables virtually 100 percent connectivity coverage with a single chip.

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