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Semtech and WaterBit Improve the Irrigation Process in Smart Agriculture

WaterBit’s low-cost Autonomous Irrigation Solution is designed to supply farmers with accurate, real-time data

/EIN News/ -- CAMARILLO, Calif., Feb. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq:SMTC), a leading supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, announced that WaterBit, a venture backed precision agriculture irrigation company and National Science Foundation (NSF) grant winner, has incorporated Semtech’s LoRa® devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology) into its Autonomous Irrigation Solution (AIS).

Semtech and WaterBit
Semtech and WaterBit


WaterBit provides irrigation automation for growers based on analysis of granular, ground-truth data collected through the WaterBit system, including line pressure and flow, soil moisture and temperature and more. With WaterBit’s AIS, growers maximize yield across soil types, while optimizing the use of labor and other input resources. The complete solution is used across a wide variety of crops including grapes, berries, tree nuts, cotton, corn, and leafy greens.

WaterBit’s goal when developing its solution was to create the highest quality and most reliable networking product in agriculture. To achieve this, WaterBit eliminated batteries in its production units and enabled duplex communications as well as better control with LoRa Technology.

“Agriculture has greatly benefited from the Internet of Things which has enabled growers to take action based upon events as they happen in the fields,” said Leif Chastaine, WaterBit Chief Operating Officer. “Semtech’s LoRa Technology has enabled us to deploy scalable AIS to farmers that are reliable, and provide real-time data and information over a long range.”

“WaterBit’s LoRa-based sensors have already been deployed on various crops throughout Central California,” said Vivek Mohan, Director, Wireless and Sensing Products Group at Semtech. “WaterBit’s irrigation solution will help streamline farming operations and increase overall productivity. With increasing demands of crop yields and closely monitoring overhead costs, more commercial farms are relying on IoT technology, such as Semtech’s LoRa Technology, to help them grow their business.”

Key Features of LoRa Technology:

  • Long Range: A single base station using LoRa Technology enables deep penetration capability for dense urban environments and indoor coverage, while also providing the ability to connect to sensors more than 15-30 miles away in rural areas.
  • Low Power: Enables unprecedented battery lifetime of up to 10 years depending on the application.
  • Geolocation: Enables tracking applications without GPS or additional power consumption.
  • Low Cost: LoRa Technology reduces up front infrastructure investments and operating costs, as well as end-node sensor costs.
  • Open Standard: The LoRaWAN open protocol ensures interoperability among applications, IoT solution providers and telecom operators to speed adoption and deployment.

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About WaterBit
WaterBit, based in San Jose, is a precision irrigation company that believes in helping growers be good stewards of the land through smart agriculture. WaterBit designs innovative agriculture solutions that set the standard for quality, reliability, ease of use and total cost of ownership. WaterBit’s Autonomous Irrigation Solution (AIS) enables microblock control of local irrigation taking into account plant stage, soil conditions and weather at a level of granularity and accuracy that is not possible with other current methods. WaterBit translates technology into tangible value for growers to improve yields, optimize water usage and implement labor-saving strategies. For more information, visit www.waterbit.com/.

About Semtech
Semtech Corporation is a leading supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms for high-end consumer, enterprise computing, communications, and industrial equipment. Products are designed to benefit the engineering community as well as the global community. The Company is dedicated to reducing the impact it, and its products, have on the environment. Internal green programs seek to reduce waste through material and manufacturing control, use of green technology and designing for resource reduction. Publicly traded since 1967, Semtech is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol SMTC. For more information, visit www.semtech.com.  

Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements
All statements contained herein that are not statements of historical fact, including statements that use the words “will,” “designed to,” or other similar words or expressions, that describe Semtech Corporation’s or its management’s future plans, objectives or goals are “forward-looking statements” and are made pursuant to the Safe-Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause the actual results of Semtech Corporation to be materially different from the historical results and/or from any future results or outcomes expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors are further addressed in Semtech Corporation’s annual and quarterly reports, and in other documents or reports, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (www.sec.gov) including, without limitation, information under the captions “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and “Risk Factors.” Semtech Corporation assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release, except as required by law.

Semtech, the Semtech logo and LoRa are registered trademarks or service marks, and LoRaWAN is a trademark or service mark, of Semtech Corporation or its affiliates.
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Ronda Grech
Semtech Corporation
(805) 250-1263
rgrech@semtech.com

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