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Australian-designed energy efficient Wi-Fi chips to boost the Internet of Things

Morse Micro
Location
National
Investment
Innovation Fund
Category
Energy efficiency

Reducing energy needs with silicon

Sydney-based innovator Morse Micro is developing Wi-Fi HaLow silicon chips that use a fraction of the power consumed by traditional Wi-Fi chips and offer long-range, secure Wi-Fi for Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.

Morse Micro was founded in 2016 by technology infrastructure engineers Andy Terry and Michael De Nil, who have a background in smartphone chip development. The specialist technology offers a range of benefits which can reduce energy use and increase efficiency.

$1.8m
CEFC finance
8,000
connections

Key features

  • The Morse Micro Wi-Fi HaLow chip uses the 900MHz radio band, which is lower than the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands used by conventional Wi-Fi
  • Signals can reach further and pass through objects better using less power
  • Supports long-lasting battery life on devices, an important feature for remote field-based applications
  • More than 8,000 devices can be connected to a single access point, with data rates of many megabits-per-second
  • Suitable for a wide range of applications, from the traditional IoT use cases of smart homes and sensor networks, to industrial controls, asset management, video, retail signs and displays.

Aiming for mass production

Given its historic roots in Wi-Fi, it’s unsurprising that Sydney has such a large pool of engineers with Wi-Fi experience to support Morse Micro’s ambition to be the leader in Wi-Fi HaLow chips. This certainly gives the company a head start,
Ray Stata
Morse Micro

Through the Clean Energy Innovation Fund, the CEFC invested $1.8 million in Morse Micro as part of its $23.8 million Series A capital raising in May 2019.

The capital raising is helping bring the Wi-FI HaLow chips to mass production and commercialisation as the company develops the technology for a global market.

CSIRO-backed Main Sequence Ventures co-led the capital raising, with world-renowned leader in the semiconductor space Ray Stata. Blackbird Ventures, Skip Capital, Right Click Capital and Uniseed also subscribed.

 

National, Innovation Fund, Energy efficiency