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Monday, August 12, 2019

Dev kit for 802.11ah long range sub-GHz WiFi for IoT

By Nick Flaherty

Adapt has developed a long range Wi-Fi development platform for system integrators and application developers targeting the industrial IoT market. 

The company's HaLow Development Platform supports the IEEE 802.11ah standard, offering a complete hardware and software development environment in a small-form factor for use across multiple industry segments including agriculture, construction, logistics, retail, security, smart home and transportation.

Wi-Fi HaLow operates in the sub-Gigahertz, license-free frequencies of the ISM bands with a longer range of more than 1 km while using less power than existing Wi-Fi technologies. Additional benefits of the 802.11ah standard include better penetration through buildings, support for up to 8191 stations (STA) per Access Point (AP), and support for WPA3 for authentication and encryption.

Development teams can create pilot installations today using an FPGA-based systems, in advance of the company's System-on-Chip (SoC) solution for large-scale, cost-effective deployments, which will be sampling to customers in the first half of 2020.

The HDP-100 is aimed at in-house development teams, and includes FPGA-based systems, software drivers, digital signal processing and radio transceiver for limited range communication, and API to connect to targeted software applications. Entry-level pricing including initial technical support starts at $35,000, available today.

The HDP-200, aimed at initial pilot project deployments, includes all of the HDP-100 functionality, plus an integrated power amplifier which supports the 1km communication range. 

"Wi-Fi HaLow enables an unprecedented solution for the wide-spread deployment of large-scale IoT solutions, as it meets the critical market needs for distance, speed, power and security. Utilizing license-free spectrum and the potential for multi-year battery operation, it will enable a whole new class of applications and business models," said Michael McNamara, CEO and co-founder of Adapt. "As a member of the Wi-Fi Alliance®, we are pleased to offer our HDP systems to the market today and look forward to expanding market adoption with our SoC implementations in 2020."

Package pricing starting at $50,000, with availability in September 2019.

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