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

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 technologies.

The Wi-Fi HaLow chip uses the 900MHz radio band, which is lower than the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands used by conventional Wi-Fi. It allows signals to reach further and pass through objects better using less power. It supports long-lasting battery life on devices which is an important feature for remote field-based applications.  

Over 8,000 devices can be connected to a single access point, with data rates of many megabits-per-second. This enables use in a wide range of applications; beyond the traditional IoT use cases of smart homes and sensor networks to industrial controls, asset management, video, retail signs and displays.

Morse Micro was founded in 2016 by two leading technology infrastructure engineers Andy Terry and Michael De Nil, who have a background in smartphone chip development.

The Clean Energy Innovation Fund invested $1.8 million as part of the $23.8 million Series A capital raising by Morse Micro in May 2019. The capital raising will help bring the Wi-FI HaLow chips to mass production and commercialisation.  Morse Micro, which is headquartered in Sydney is developing 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 have also subscribed.