Australian-designed energy efficient Wi-Fi chips to boost the Internet of Things
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 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.
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 StataNon-Executive Board Member, 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.
The Morse Micro Wi-Fi HaLow chip uses the 900MHz radio band, which is lower than the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands used by conventional Wi-Fi. Signals can reach further and pass through objects better using less power and the chip 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. The chip is 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.
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