Renesas Electronics America and Link Labs Develop Long-Distance Radio Module for Machine-to-Machine and Internet of Things Systems

Renesas Electronics America, today announced a collaboration with Link Labs, a provider of wide-area, low-power IoT networks for business and government, to develop the Link Labs LL-RLP-20 radio module, featuring the Renesas RX111 microcontroller (MCU) and the Semtech SX1276 LoRa™ long distance radio transceiver technology.

The module is designed to offer wide range, energy efficient, and cost-effective deployment, and is ideally suited for integration in products like security monitoring devices, agricultural monitors, parking sensors, home automation and smart meters.

“Collaboration is key to developing a strong IoT ecosystem, and we are pleased to team up with Link Labs, an emerging star in the IoT and M2M market,” said Vin D’Agostino, Vice President General Purpose Unit, Renesas Electronics America Inc.

“Link Labs’ Symphony Link system and the LL-RLP-20 module take full advantage of the flexibility of our RX111 MCU and offer a balance of range, interference immunity, and energy consumption, that make it ideal for low-power connected sensors and edge nodes in an IoT infrastructure.”

Link Labs CEO Brian Ray, says:

“Symphony Link is a powerful alternative to Zigbee or other mesh networks that consume a lot of power, require large batteries or a constant power source, and deliver poor range.”

“Combined with the superior performance and ultra-low power consumption of Renesas’ RX111 MCU and the ease of use of e2studio IDE, we’ve developed a powerful radio module that enables the cost-effective deployment of large point-to-multipoint networks for use with M2M and other IoT systems.”

About the LL-RLP-20

The Link Labs LL-RLP-20 radio module is an FCC/IC and ETSI/CE certified, compact, low-power, bidirectional radio module for the 915 MHz ISM Band and the 868 MHz ETSI frequency band. The LL-RLP-20 achieves a maximum sensitivity of -141 dBm with a maximum output power of +19 dBm resulting in a link budget of 160 dB and achieves ranges of more than 15 km in rural environments and 2-5km in a dense urban environment.

The LL-RLP-20 features Link Labs’ Symphony Link protocol, which allows very large point-to-multipoint networks to be deployed at a cost that is a fraction of cellular M2M or a mesh network alternative. The radio module also features the low-power RX111 MCU, which offers low sleep current, a small physical footprint, and multiple peripherals. The RX family’s complex instruction set allows for DSP-like flexibility to perform encryption/decryption algorithms to secure the wireless protocol. The RX111 MCU also features the ability to read/write to the DataFlash without stopping the main processor execution.

Link Labs offers several gateway and base station systems that work with the LL-RLP-20 module, offering OEMs a wide selection of solutions that will greatly shorten time to market for new Internet of Things (IoT) and M2M products.

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