Morse Micro and Silex Technology Launch SX-SDMAH Industrial-Grade Wi-Fi HaLow Module


When last we covered IoT connectivity and smart interoperability solutions provider Morse Micro (both here and on Smart City Sentinel, one of our sister sites), the company had announced a new capability; namely, the success of what it has called “the world’s first live demonstration of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED HaLow technology extending three kilometers” (i.e. just shy of two miles).

For context, the Morse Micro team staged this record-setting field test of a long-range video call in San Francisco’s Ocean Beach neighborhood to showcase the ability of sub-GHz Wi-Fi HaLow signals to reach long distances in challenging real-world conditions. The protocol’s unprecedented 3-kilometer range is enabled by Morse Micro’s Wi-Fi CERTIFIED HaLow system-on-chip (SoC) solution, which (as evidenced) offers powerful wireless capabilities for future IoT applications.

Today, we have additional Morse Micro/Wi-Fi HaLow-centric news, this time involving Silex Technology America Inc. (or Silex Technology, for short), a global provider of wireless networking solutions.

Together, Morse Micro and Silex Technology have now introduced a new industrial-grade Wi-Fi HaLow module for IoT applications:

The SX-SDMAH module.

This module combines Silex’s robust wireless features with Morse Micro’s MM6108 Wi-Fi HaLow SoC for maximized wireless range, coverage area and smarter power efficiency for compatible IoT devices.

Initial details include:

The SX-SDMAH module is designed with extended long range (i.e. more than 3 kilometers, which ties in Morse Micro’s aforementioned testing) and also features ultra-low power consumption for target applications including Wi-Fi HaLow access points, gateways, Ethernet wireless bridges, Wi-Fi extenders, IP cameras, 3D scanners, GNSS receiver, vehicle telemetry devices, and high-end sensors.

A more in-depth look at the module (borrowed from the official announcement) includes:

  • Sub-GHz 802.11ah Wi-Fi HaLow radio module operating in the 902-928 MHz bands for the U.S. and Canada, with superior penetration of physical barriers
  • Long-distance wireless connectivity with 3 km+ range and large network capacity
  • 1/2/4/8 MHz channel bandwidth support
  • Up to 32.5 Mbps PHY bit rate
  • Transmission power of +24 dBm
  • Access point and station mode
  • SDIO/SPI interface for Linux OS and SPI for FreeRTOS
  • Advanced security features including WPA3 and Wi-Fi Enhanced Open
  • Surface mount small form-factor module: 17 mm x 18 mm x 2.65 mm with integrated MHF-1 antenna connector
  • Industrial temperature range of -40 ºC to +85 ºC

“We’re proud to partner with Morse Micro to deliver next-gen Wi-Fi HaLow modules that will enable Wi-Fi CERTIFIED HaLow products for the growing global demand for long-range, low-power IoT connectivity,” said Satoru Kumashiro, Senior Product Manager at Silex Technology America. “Morse Micro is advancing the Wi-Fi HaLow market with best-in-class Wi-Fi HaLow SoCs that can extend the wireless connectivity of IoT devices to three kilometers, well beyond the reach of conventional Wi-Fi.”

“Silex is a pacesetter in wireless module solutions for the expanding IoT ecosystem, and we are delighted to partner with them in developing the new SX-SDMAH module,” said Phillip Kumin, SVP of Worldwide Sales and Business Development at Morse Micro. "Our collaboration will accelerate time-to-market and simplify the development process for a wide range of IoT products based on the Wi-Fi HaLow IEEE 802.11ah standard. Together, we’re building momentum for Wi-Fi HaLow as the long-range protocol for IoT connectivity."

Edited by Greg Tavarez
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