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  • A MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY INC. PUBLICATION NOV

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    9 13 21Less Power, More Memory Beyond the Meter Visualize Your RTOS Trace

  • A MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY INC. PUBLICATION

    The Microchip name and logo, the Microchip logo, dsPIC, FlashFlex, KEELOQ, KEELOQ logo, MOST, MPLAB, mTouch, PIC, PICmicro, PICSTART, PIC32 logo, Quiet-WIRE, rfPIC, SST, SST Logo, SuperFlash and UNI/O are registered trademarks of Microchip Technology Incorporated in the U.S.A. and other countries. FilterLab, Hampshire, HI-TECH C, Linear Active Thermistor, MTP, SEEVAL and The Embedded Control Solutions Company are registered trademarks of Microchip Technology Incorporated in the U.S.A. Silicon Storage Technology is a registered trademark of Microchip Technology Inc. in other countries.Analog-for-the-Digital Age, Application Maestro, BodyCom, chipKIT, chipKIT logo, CodeGuard, dsPICDEM, dsPICDEM.net, dsPICworks, dsSPEAK, ECAN, ECONOMONITOR, FanSense, HI-TIDE, In Circuit Serial Programming, ICSP, Mindi, MiWi, MPASM, MPF, MPLAB Certified logo, MPLIB, MPLINK, Omniscient Code Generation, PICC, PICC-18, PICDEM, PICDEM.net, PICkit, PICtail, REAL ICE, rfLAB, Select Mode, SQI, Serial Quad I/O, Total Endurance, TSHARC, UniWinDriver, WiperLock, ZENA and Z-Scale are trademarks of Microchip Technology Incorporated in the U.S.A. and other countries.SQTP is a service mark of Microchip Technology Incorporated in the U.S.A. GestIC and ULPP are registered trademarks of Microchip Technology Germany II GmbH & Co. & KG, a subsidiary of Microchip Technology Inc., in other countries. The LoRa name and associated logo are registered trademarks of Semtech Corporation or its subsidiaries. USB-C is a trademark of the USB Implementers Forum. All other trademarks mentioned herein are property of their respective companies. 2015, Microchip Technology Incorporated, All Rights Reserved.

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    ents COVER STORY 4 Long Range Meets Low PowerWireless LoRa Technology: Ideal for Battery-Operated Sensor and Low-Power Internet of Things and Machine-to-Machine Applications

    NEW PRODUCTS 7 Across the Miles

    Stack-on-Board RN2483 and RN2903 LoRa Technology Wireless Modems Enable Internet of Things

    9 Less Power, More MemoryCost-Effective, Low-Power PIC MCUs Extend Battery Life and Eliminate External Memory via 1 MB of Dual-Partition Flash

    10 A Touch of InnovationNew mTouch Sensing Controllers Make It Easy to Replace Mechanical Buttons with Capacitive Touch in Cost-Sensitive, Low-Power Applications

    11 Certified, Fast and SecureThe Next Generation in Bluetooth Low Energy Solutions is Here

    12 High ImmunityKSZ8061 Family of 10/100Base-TX Ethernet PHY Transceivers Features Quiet-WIRE Technology

    13 Beyond the MeterNew Applications for Power Measurement Call for Highly Accurate Solutions

    14 Charging AheadDual-Channel USB Port Power Controller Maximizes System Reliability and Uptime Using Dynamic Thermal Management

    TECHNOLOGY 15 MOST Technology in the News

    EVENTS 16 CES 2016: Are You Ready?

    DEV TOOL DEALS 17 Celebrate the Savings

    DESIGN CORNER 19 Weather Wise 20 Get Connected 21 Visualize Your RTOS Trace 22 Working Together Seamlessly

  • A MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY INC. PUBLICATION NOV

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    EDITORS NOTE

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    Synergy and Innovation

    As you probably have already learned, Microchip recently acquired Micrel, adding its strong portfolio of timing and communications products, linear and power management products and LAN solutions to our already extensive list of embedded control devices. We are now able to provide solutions for even more markets and applications with this exciting expansion to our business.

    The timing and communications products are new additions to our portfolio, giving us another opportunity to meet our customers design requirements. The linear and power management products enhance and complement our existing Analog product offerings. Expanding our portfolio of LAN and connectivity solutions by integrating the Micrel devices will allow us to provide a richer product selection sup-porting additional applications. In fact, in this issue of MicroSolutions, youll read about a new, single-chip 10Base-T/100Base-TX Ethernet physical-layer transceiver that comes to us via Micrel that provides uniquely low emissions and high immunity over low-cost Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) cables for automotive and industrial network connectivity.

    We believe that the synergy generated by the combined product lines of Microchip and Micrel will offer you an even broader range of innovative solutions to serve your specific design needs. We are pleased to announce that the Micrel products have all been incorporated into the Microchip website. Our global sales and support team is available to assist you with integrating the Micrel products into your projects. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to your local Microchip office. The Micrel products are also now available for purchase on microchipDIRECT.

    Another exciting update from microchipDIRECT is that you can now contact the regional sales and support offices using new toll-free telephone numbers that will work in many of the countries that microchipDIRECT serves. Please visit the microchipDIRECT Regional Sales and Support page to find the toll-free number for your country.

    As always, we would be happy to get your feedback on MicroSolutions. Feel free to email us at MSFeedback@microchip.com.

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    Wireless LoRa Technology: Ideal for Battery-Operated Sensor and Low-Power Internet of Things and Machine-to-Machine ApplicationsEnables Long-Range Connectivity, Longer Battery Life and Lower Costs

    With analysts predicting that there will be 25 billion connected things in use by 2020, the explosive growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) market is challenging developers to establish a simple, robust infrastructure with limited resources. They are seeking a solution that requires a minimum total cost of ownership and is easy to design. It should also offer a short time to market, great interoperability and flexible deployment options.

    To meet these demands, Microchip is pleased to partner with other members of the LoRa Alliance to help standardize the Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWANs) being deployed around the world to enable IoT, Machine-to-Machine (M2M), smart city and indus-trial applications. These low-power applications have requirementsincluding long-range connectivity combined with long battery lifetimes and low cost

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    COVER STORYfor volume deploymentthat cannot be fully served by other existing wireless technologies. Microchip has also launched the fully certified RN2483 LoRa Sub-GHz, 433/868 MHz European R&TTE Directive Assessed Radio Modem and the RN2903 LoRa Sub-GHz, 915 MHz North American modems. You can read about these two modems in the Across the Miles article on page 7.

    LoRa Technology Overview LoRa technology, originally developed by Semtech Corporation, utilizes a spread spectrum modulation in the Sub-GHz band to support a range of up to 15 km (rural). Its low power consump-tion enables a battery life of greater than 10 years. Offering a high network capacity, it allows developers to connect millions of wireless sensor nodes to LoRa technology gateways. LoRa technology is capable of demodulating 20 dB below noise level, significantly improving immunity to the interference when combined with integrated forward error correction. Its highest sensitivity of 148 dBm also enables extremely long-range connectivity. In comparison to 3G and 4G cellular networks, LoRa technology is far more scalable and cost effective for embedded applications.

    LoRaWAN ProtocolThe LoRaWAN protocol is a LPWAN specification intended for wireless battery-operated devices in regional, national or global networks. In comparison to mesh networks, its star topology eliminates synchronization overhead and hops, which reduces power consumption and enables multiple concurrent applications to run on the network. The LoRaWAN protocol

    LoRa Gateway

    Network Server

    End NodesLoRa Technology Infrastructure Diagram

    LoRa technology is far more scalable and cost effective for embedded applications.

    targets key requirements of the IoT such as secure bidirectional communication, mobility and localization services to provide seamless interoperability among smart things without the need for complex local installations.

    The LoRaWAN protocol addresses a variety of applications by providing different protocol classes: Class A: Bidirectional End Devices These devices allow

    for bidirectional communications whereby each end devices uplink transmission is followed by two receive windows for acknowledgements and optional downlink transmission.

    Class B: Bidirectional End Devices with Scheduled Receive Slots In addition to the Class A receive windows, Class B devices open extra receive windows at scheduled times. (Available in future release)

    Class C: Bidirectional End Devices with Maximal Receive Slots these devices have nearly continuously open