Multi-band LoRa® radio module simplifies wireless design

Multi-band LoRa® radio module simplifies wireless design

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

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Developed by Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., the Type 2GT multi-band, low-power radio (LoRa®) module delivers versatile wireless connectivity.

This highly integrated radio module caters to the complex demands of global certification standards, facilitating seamless deployment in diverse regions and industries.

The Type 2GT radio module measures 9.98- x 8.70- x 1.74-mm and is built on a PCB housed in a metal case and packaged as a land grid array. The module’s technical prowess is highlighted by its use of Semtech’s advanced LR1121 RF transceiver IC, a thermally compensated crystal oscillator (TCXO), a second 32KHz crystal, an RF switch, and an RF matching network. These components ensure maximum frequency accuracy and reliable performance under varying environmental conditions. For end-device designers, this translates to simpler and small sized PCB designs, reduced time to market, and lower development costs, thanks to the module’s ease of integration and streamlined certification process.

The radio module supports for multiple frequency bands — including sub-GHz bands, the 2.4 GHz ISM band, and the 2.1 GHz satellite communications S-band — delivering flexibility and scalability to meet the needs of various IoT applications such as smart agriculture, Industrial and environmental sensing, building and home automation. Other markets which could benefit from such features include asset tracking, utilities metering, remote-controlled toys and drones. Support for the 2.4 GHz ISM band enables higher data rates, common channel plan across the globe and also allows designers to avoid the duty-cycle limitations imposed on sub-GHz communications by European standards.

“This advancement provides the industry with a pivotal tool to streamline and secure the development process for applications operating across sub-GHz and 2.4 GHz Lo”Ra® frequencies,” said Carlo Tinella, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Semtech. Murata’s commitment to reducing design complexity and certification challenges empowers developers worldwide, enabling swift and versatile IoT solutions for everything from smart agriculture to urban infrastructure.”

The Type 2GT radio module is certified to European CE and American FCC standards, the Japanese TELEC standard, and the Canadian IC standard enabling designers to reuse module RF test reports across different certification authorities. 

This will significantly lower compliance barriers, fostering innovation across the IoT ecosystem to serve users in multiple geographies.

Samples of the are available now with mass production scheduled to begin at the end of March 2024.

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