SIGFOX module

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Hello,

 

i am working on a project that has to contain SIGFOX module. I am looking at one containing ATA8520-E, but on the product site:  https://www.microchip.com/wwwproducts/en/ata8520, it says it is now NOT recommended for new projects, although there is no alternate parts suggested. So should i look for modules from other manufacturers or just use this one and ignore warning? 

 

I tried to get support on microchip forums, but i have been waiting 1 week so far for my account to be activated and still no response from them.

Last Edited: Wed. Jul 24, 2019 - 01:50 PM
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I just checked Digikey, it looks like they are not discontinuing this part. Maybe you should look for other manufacturers...ST, NXP or ON semi. OR

 

wait a bit, am sure that some of the guys here will come up with some ideas.

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"Dare to be naïve." - Buckminster Fuller

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It is my understanding you can do Sigfox using the semtech sx1276 series of chips which are normally used for lora. I stumbled across some open source code on github earlier this week. Should be plenty of lora modules out there with a variety of microcontrollers for you to use.

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I would agree with kartman, semtech is your best choice, its LoRa based chips so you will find plenty of options...costs a bit more forsure

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Thanks all for info. The thing is that customer decided now that it has to be a sigfox certified module, since he doesn't wanna do any certifications on his own and also has no time to do them. So i will just select one from:  https://partners.sigfox.com/products/module?or[categories][0]=module&or[certified][0]=2&or[deviceZones][0]=zone1&q=&limit=12&page=0 and smack it onto my pcb.