Morse Micro | September 07, 2022
Morse Micro, a fabless semiconductor company reinventing Wi-Fi for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced $140M in Series B funding. The round was led by MegaChips Corporation, a leading ASIC and SoC services company based in Japan, with participation from existing investors including Blackbird Ventures, Main Sequence Ventures, Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Skip Capital, Uniseed, SpringCapital, Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull and others.
Morse Micro intends to use the capital raised to revolutionize our digital future by achieving unprecedented scale and demand for its Wi-Fi HaLow technology. It will focus on deepening its offerings, including the design of new solutions, while accelerating the go-to-market strategy for its existing Wi-Fi HaLow chips and modules.
A strategic business partnership with MegaChips accompanies the investment and will usher in a new era for Wi-Fi HaLow across East Asia. In addition to manufacturing Morse Micro’s IEEE 802.11ah compliant semiconductors and modules, MegaChips will provide quality assurance, sales support and new distribution channels that will deliver scale across the region. The two companies will also engage in joint sales and promotion activities to grow the market for Wi-Fi HaLow solutions.
“With MegaChips’ financial backing and robust manufacturing and sales support, Morse Micro will be poised to achieve our goal of revolutionizing IoT connectivity with our growing portfolio of Wi-Fi HaLow SoCs, modules, software and development tools, With growing market traction for Wi-Fi HaLow-compliant solutions in the IoT ecosystem, we’re at an exciting inflection point. MegaChips shares our vision to revolutionise connectivity and build enduring Wi-Fi HaLow solutions for the future. We are delighted to partner with them, and for the support we’ve had from all of our investors, as we take the next step forward in our company’s journey toward market scale and leadership.”
Michael De Nil, co-founder and chief executive officer at Morse Micro
Since launch in 2016, Morse Micro has focused on long-range, low-power wireless connectivity. Today its portfolio includes the industry’s smallest, fastest and lowest power Wi-Fi HaLow compliant SoCs and modules. With use-cases that extend across the complete IoT ecosystem, from consumer to commercial, industrial to agricultural use, Morse Mirco is enabling wirelessly connected devices to achieve 10x longer range, covering 100x the area or 1000x the volume of traditional Wi-Fi networks.
“MegaChips pursues strategic partnerships and investments with promising startups like Morse Micro that have innovative ideas, cutting-edge applications and are expanding their businesses in areas such as industrial IoT, wireless communications and energy control,” said Tetsuo Hikawa, President and CEO of MegaChips Group. “Morse Micro’s visionary management team has had a tremendous impact on the Wi-Fi industry, and we expect more great accomplishments to come as we work together to ramp production and sales of their flagship Wi-Fi HaLow products.”
Note to editors: What is Wi-Fi HaLow?
Wi-Fi HaLow is the first Wi-Fi standard tailored to meet the needs of the IoT, making it a superior alternative to traditional Wi-Fi alternatives and many other wireless technologies.
Wi-Fi HaLow offers a unique combination of capabilities and advantages that other wireless technologies can’t match such as:
Long-range connectivity: Wi-Fi range extending more than 1 km from the access point by using lower frequencies which better penetrates walls and other obstacles
Direct savings: Ultra-low power consumption enabling IoT devices to run on batteries for years
Ease of use: No need for proprietary hubs or gateways, enabling a single access point to support more than 8,000 IoT devices
Peace of mind: Full support of state-of-the-art security protocols including WPA3
About MegaChips Corporation
MegaChips Corporation (Prime Market of the TSE (Tokyo Stock Exchange): 6875) was established in 1990 as the first innovative fabless semiconductor company in Japan and has focused on R&D and developed unique LSI leveraging proprietary technology. As market needs become increasingly complex due to rapid information technology innovation, we provide total solutions from design to development and production of LSIs that make full use of our unique and original analog and digital technologies and mixed-signal analog/digital technology. While enhancing existing business, we put an effort into sustainable growth focusing its managerial resources into the launch of new business targeting the growth areas of industrial equipment, communications, AI, energy control and robotics.
About Morse Micro
Morse Micro is a fast-growing fabless semiconductor company developing Wi-Fi HaLow solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT) market that can reach 10x the range of conventional Wi-Fi technology and last many years on a single battery. The company was founded by Wi-Fi pioneers and innovators, Michael De Nil and Andrew Terry, joined by the original Wi-Fi inventor Prof. Neil Weste and wireless industry veterans, whose teams designed Wi-Fi chips into billions of smartphones. Headquartered in Australia with offices in China, India, the U.K. and the U.S., Morse Micro’s strong and diverse system team, portfolio of IP and patents, enables Wi-Fi HaLow connectivity across the complete IoT ecosystem, from surveillance systems and access control to industrial automation and mobile devices, allowing connected devices to reach farther.
Senet | September 12, 2022
Senet, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based software and services platforms that enable global connectivity and on-demand network build-outs for the Internet of Things (IoT) and CalChip Connect, one of the world’s leading IoT hardware distributors, today announced a partnership to bring Senet compatible LoRaWAN® gateways and sensor-enabled end devices to market through the CalChip Connect e-commerce platform.
With LoRaWAN becoming one of the fastest growing technology standards being adopted for highly scalable Internet of Things solution deployments, this partnership allows Senet Radio Access Network (RAN) partners, vertical market solution providers, and end customers to shorten their deployment times and accelerate a return on investment knowing they are working with LoRaWAN hardware and network connectivity that has been pre-qualified to be interoperable.
Through this value-add distribution agreement, a growing number of Senet compatible LoRaWAN gateways and end-devices are available for purchase in volume, with CalChip Connect managing inventory levels, warehousing, and shipping on behalf of the original equipment manufacturers. CalChip will also be providing customized, pre-provisioned solution bundles and direct shipping to end customers, supporting rapid deployment and enhancing the customer’s out-of-the-box experience.
“With fewer steps required to deploy an end-to-end solution and value-added services built into the procurement processes, this announcement is an example of how the LoRaWAN ecosystem has matured to provide tangible cost and time-saving benefits to customers ready to deploy solutions today, Partnering with CalChip Connect provides our customers with state-of-the-art e-commerce and logistics services designed specifically for the needs of the IoT industry, delivering value throughout the purchasing and fulfillment process.”
Bruce Chatterley, CEO of Senet
“LoRaWAN is specifically designed for a new generation of long-range networks and low-cost, low-power devices that are becoming ubiquitous in enterprise, utility, and smart city applications,” said Jason Giuliano, CEO of CalChip Connect. “We are excited to be partnering with Senet to provide the products and solutions connected to one of the largest and fastest-growing IoT networks in the world.”
This distribution partnership supports LoRaWAN solution demand globally, with CalChip Connect providing e-commerce and distribution services worldwide and Senet operating one of the largest publicly available LoRaWAN networks in the United States and providing LoRaWAN network coverage and connectivity readiness in over one hundred and eighty countries.
About Senet, Inc.
Senet develops cloud-based software and services used by Network Operators, Application Developers, and System Integrators for the on-demand deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) networks. In addition to industrial and commercial applications, Senet has designed smart meter networks for many municipal water utility districts across the United States, representing millions of households. With a multi-year head start over competing Low Power Wide Area Network technologies, Senet offers services in over one hundred and eighty countries and owns and operates one of the largest publicly available LoRaWAN® networks in the United States. Our disruptive go-to-market models and critical technical advantages have helped us become a leading connectivity provider with recognized expertise in building and operating global IoT networks. For additional information, visit www.senetco.com.
About CalChip Connect
CalChip Connect (CCC) is the nation's leading IoT distributor. Its passionate team combines extensive supply chain experience with an intimate understanding of the market for connected devices, to expedite access to the highest performing devices in the market today through a modern eCommerce shopping experience. More than just an eCommerce store, CCC helps manufacturers achieve scalable distribution with global warehousing, high-tech sourcing, supply chain management consulting, and component sourcing.
Tuya Smart | October 19, 2022
Tuya Smart a global IoT development platform service provider, announced today that it has joined the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Accelerate Program, a co-sell program for AWS Partners that provides software solutions that run on or integrate with AWS. The program helps AWS Partners drive new business by directly connecting participating ISVs with the AWS Sales organization.
The AWS ISV Accelerate Program provides Tuya with co-sell support and benefits to meet customer needs through collaboration with AWS field sellers globally. Co-selling provides better customer outcomes and assures mutual commitment from AWS and its partners.
As of June 30, 2022, Tuya has more than 629,000 developers in more than 200 countries and regions in the world, and its ecosystem enabled more than 2,200 categories. By joining the AWS ISV Accelerate Program, Tuya is able to streamline AWS's ability to deliver industry-leading solutions to AWS customers worldwide by working with AWS field sellers and providing access to simplified transactions in AWS Marketplace.
"As a global IoT development platform service provider, Tuya Smart has always been committed to providing an open and neutral ecosystem, and advanced and valuable technical support for global partners. By joining the AWS ISV Accelerate Program, Tuya Smart can reach more customers around the world and continue to provide high-quality IoT-related services. In the future, we will continue to work with AWS to help global customers. "
Eva Na, the Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Cooperation, and CMO of Tuya Smart
AWS ISV Accelerate Program members are held to the industry's highest standards and must undergo a comprehensive evaluation to gain acceptance into the program. Tuya participated in a thorough architectural and security review to ensure the quality and design of our solutions. Proof of customer excellence was also reviewed to validate the successes Tuya's customers have achieved across industry verticals.
Tuya's membership into the AWS ISV Accelerate Program follows the company's achievement of the AWS ISV IoT Competency in 2019.
About Tuya Smart
Tuya Smart is a leading technology company focused on making our lives smarter. Tuya does this through offering a cloud platform that connects a range of devices via the IoT. By building interconnectivity standards, Tuya bridges the intelligent needs of brands, OEMs, developers, and retail chains across a broad range of smart devices and industries. Tuya solutions empower partners and customers by improving the value of their products while making consumers' lives more convenient through the application of technology. Through its growing commercial SaaS business, Tuya offers intelligent business solutions for a wide range of verticals. The Company's platform is backed by industry-leading technology complete with rigorous data protection and security. Tuya partners with leading Fortune 500 companies from around the world to make things smarter, including Philips, Schneider Electric, Lenovo and many others.