WiFi HaLow pioneer Morse Micro raises more funds

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By Peter Clarke

The first tranche of Series A was raised in 2019 (see ADI’s Stata invests in Australia’s Wi-Fi Halow pioneer) and the latest funding brings the Series A total to AU $42 million (about US$30 milion). New and existing investors, including Blackbird Ventures, Main Sequence Ventures, Clean Energy Innovation Fund, Skip Capital, and Ray Stata participated in the funding.

Morse Micro has developed a Wi-Fi HaLow chip for IoT environments and said it will use the money to expand its product and technology development teams, both in Sydney and internationally. It will also allow the company to expand into emerging applications.

Wi-Fi HaLow is a wireless networking protocol, written as an extension to the IEEE802.11 standard, that’s intended to operate at low power and longer range than Wi-Fi. The IEEE802.11ah extension was announced and published in 2016. The extension uses the license-free ISM band around 900MHz rather than the 2.4, 5 and 6GHz bands used by conventional Wi-Fi. In theory, the lower power consumption allows HaLow to compete with Bluetooth but with higher data rates and wider coverage.

The company’s founders Michael De Nil, CEO, and Andrew Terry, CTO, both gained experience as Wi-Fi chip designers at Broadcom and elsewhere.

“Australia is the home of original Wi-Fi inventors. Our goal now is to revolutionize the Internet of Things, similar to the way Wi-Fi revolutionized computers and laptops,” said De Nil, in a statement. “We’re at an exciting inflection point for Wi-Fi HaLow. We’re both ramping up and expanding our teams in order to be a major force in the industry.”

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