Say HaLow to the future of Wi-Fi


Wi-Fi HaLow™
High Availability Low Power" Wi-Fi
the new Wi-Fi for connecting devices to the IoT


Functionality station IP

  • STA Infrastructure BSS
  • Single stream
  • Channel Bandwidth: 1MHz and 2MHz
  • Frame Type: S1G_1MHz, S1G_short and detects S1G_long PPDU
  • MCS: 0,1,2 and 10
  • FEC: BCC
  • Normal Guard Interval
  • Fixed Pilot
  • QoS for 1 and 4 priority queues
  • MPDU Aggregation
  • Block Acknowledgement
  • RSNA (WPA2) Security
  • Target Wake Time (TWT)
  • Restricted Access Window (RAW)
  • Authentication control

Integrated processor platform

  • Deeply embedded Cadence® Xtensa® DSP running the MAC Frmware
  • ARM Cortex M0/M3 or second Tensilica DSD as internal host processor


  • Radio

External Required Components

  • SPI Flash


  • Up to 2 Mbps
  • Low BER
  • Up to 1 km range


  • MAC 802.11ah Stack
  • APIs for C applications and AT commands
  • Integrated TCP/IP stack
  • On-chip bootloader and programming interface
  • Xtensa® XOS
  • CPU/DSP can be used as application processor  

Wi-Fi HaLow™ 802.11ah IP

Wi-Fi HaLow™ adapts the familiar Wi-Fi standard to a frequency and connection style that is ideally suited to the Internet of Everything.

Operating in the sub gigahertz range, this standard delivers 1km range in point-to-point links and > 1km in 2-hop relays. By using a token-ring style of client management, a single HaLow access point can completely support up to 8191 clients, and provides adaptive bandwidth to each client based on their identified data transport needs.

Methods2Business IP portfolio

Methods2Business develops fully integrated MAC and Baseband solutions for Wi-Fi HaLow chipsets. The portfolio covers scalable solutions for sensor-type stations, non-sensor-type stations and access points.


These HaLow cores all include a bus master AXI interface to provide maximum throughput with minimal process intervention, and a processor core with additional bandwidth to host your application. When combined with a suitable radio from one of our partners, this core gives you everything you need to enable your products to join the Internet of Everything.

Scalable Wi-Fi HaLow Platform

Methods2Business Scalable Wi-Fi HaLow IP platform is designed to implement stations and access points. It has a deeply embedded Cadence® Tensilica® DSP core running the MAC firmware and supports the communication with a host processor for user applications..


The Power Management Unit (PMU) wakes up and shuts down the core as an integral part of the low power operation, enabling sensor nodes to run up to five years on a single charge.

The integrated DMA engine, and the Lower Mac (LMAC) offload processing task from the processor core, further saving power.

The BaseBand (BB) provides all of the forward error correction, digital to analog conversion, data recovery and error correction features in very efficient hardware; and interfaces to the supported radio cores (RF).

The System RAM and System ROM are accessble from the AXI4 bus, as well as a set of timers and general interface engines.

Coded in SystemC and built with the Cadence Stratus/CtoS HLS tool, user customization is readily available. 

Methods2Business collaborates with RF radio providers and chip makers to provide in 2019 wireless chipsets of Wi-Fi HaLow enabled stations and access points.

Methods2Business 802.11 ah cores are available with the following options:

  • Synthesizable Verilog RTL
    for implementation in an FPGA or ASIC (specify technology file)
  • SystemC models
    for use in Aegis-IP Wi-Fi HaLow virtual platform
  •  MAC SW stack, API's & integrated TCP/IP stack on lightweight OS
  • Reference testbench and applications 
  • Demonstration FPGA Board
    with the core(s) implemented in a Xilinx FGPA, with firmware loaded into the board's flash memory, and room for your application hardware and software.
  • Custom Orders
     Aegis IP is ready to customize the core to add or modify functionality to meet your specific needs.