Semiconductor Solutions for Smart Agriculture

According to United Nations estimates, the world’s population is expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, nearly two billion more people than in 2019. Feeding a growing world population demands smarter agricultural solutions to help farmers improve operational efficiencies, sustain resources and maximize yield. While GPS use in smart farming has existed now for decades, Internet of Things (IoT) technology is transforming modern agriculture.

From remote crop monitoring to animal health and activity tracking, low power wide area networks (LPWANs) help automate production and data collection so farmers and ranchers can improve farming operations. Sensors are integral to modern smart agriculture, facilitating data collection and analysis to maximize yields and performance.

The low power and long battery life of Semtech's LoRa® wireless radio frequency platform for IoT is ideally suited for various digital logistics and supply chain applications relying on battery-powered sensors. Operating in unlicensed spectrum, LoRa ICs readily communicate over public, private or hybrid LoRaWAN® networks whether indoor or outdoor. LoRaWAN is complementary to Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Cellular.

Smart agriculture solutions enabled by LoRa are used by farmers globally to improve productivity. Semtech also offers ESD protection solutions, ideal for circuit protection in low power wide area network infrastructure.

Discover our semiconductor solutions for your smart agriculture sensors and equipment.

Getting Started: IoT Smart Agriculture Sensors

People routinely devise new types of IoT sensors used in agriculture and ranching based on pressing needs. Prevalent use cases include:

  • Agricultural weather stations
  • Autonomous irrigation
  • Field equipment monitoring
  • Greenhouse automation
  • Livestock monitoring
  • Pest control
  • Precision farming
  • Soil monitoring
  • Water management

To find the best direction for your needs, start with our Build vs. Buy: What’s Your Hardware Approach?

Use the simplified block diagram below to shape your smart agriculture sensor design concept. The product links below offer more details about circuit protection and LoRa options available from Semtech.

Battery SupplyOutput DeviceActuatorIndicatorAlarmSensingMCULivestock BiometricsGeolocationpH, Soil NutrientsMoistureEtc.LoRaTransceiverCircuitProtection

Other Resources

If you’d prefer to buy, rather than build a smart agriculture sensor, you’ll find a variety of LoRa development boards and commercially available module and sensor options through our ecosystem:

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