Murata's Type 2GT Module Offers a Tightly-Integrated Route to Tri-Band LoRa for the IoT

Sampling now, the Type 2GT offers sub-gigahertz, 2.4GHz, and 2.1GHz satellite-compatible S-Band connectivity in a compact module.

Murata Manufacturing Co. has announced the impending launch of a multi-band LoRa radio module, specifically targeting easier design for the Internet of Things (IoT) through tight integration in a compact land-grid array (LGA) package — and powered by the Semtech LR1121 LoRa transceiver.

"We are thrilled to witness Murata’s strategic expansion with their cutting-edge, third-generation multi-band LoRa modules," says Semtech's Carlo Tinella of the company's presence inside the Murata Type 2GT module.

"This advancement provides the industry with a pivotal tool to streamline and secure the development process for applications operating across sub-GHz and 2.4GHz LoRa frequencies. Murata’s commitment to reducing design complexity and certification challenges empowers developers worldwide, enabling swift and versatile IoT solutions for everything from smart agriculture to urban infrastructure."

The Murata Type 2GT, which measures just 9.98×8.7mm (around 0.39×0.34") is designed to integrate as many components as possible within its body — reducing design complexity and the overall bill of materials. In addition to the Semtech LR1121 transceiver, the chip-like module includes a thermally-compensated crystal oscillator (TCXO), a 32kHz crystal, a radio-frequency switch (RF switch) and an RF matching network — all of which is pre-certified to FCC, Canadian, European, and Japanese standards.

A major selling point of the new part is its support for multiple frequency bands, allowing it to connect over sub-gigahertz, 2.4GHz, and 2.1GHz frequencies — the latter offering the capability to communicate with satellite systems, in addition to communicating across terrestrial networks.

The Murata Type 2GT is currently sampling, the company has confirmed, with mass production underway. More information is available on the Murata website, where interested parties can also request an evaluation kit that breaks out the module's features on a PCB with Arduino UNO-format general-purpose input/output (GPIO) headers and connections for sub-gigahertz and 2.1/2.4GHz antennas.

Gareth Halfacree
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