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Monday, February 20, 2017

Sequans teams with STMicroelectronics for LTE-M IoT design kit

By Nick Flaherty www.flaherty.co.uk

Sequans is working with STMicroelectronics to combine the  ST’s STM32 microcontroller platform with Sequans’ Monarch LTE-M chipset platform in a design kit for IoT.

The IoT design kit simplifies device design and speeds time to market for makers of connected IoT devices using narrowband connections. These include wearables, connected healthcare devices, smart city and smart home devices, asset trackers, agriculture and industrial IoT devices, and more.

Monarch is the world’s first purpose-built IoT chip to appear in the market that is compliant with the 3GPP Release 13 LTE-Advanced standard defining narrowband LTE-M and developed to support low power and low data rate applications for the Internet of Things.

It provides full support for LTE-M (Cat M1) and NB-IoT (Cat NB1) power Saving Mode (PSM) and extended discontinuous reception (eDRX) to enable the long battery life needed by many IoT use cases, and it provides the enhanced coverage modes defined in the standard that extend coverage for deep-indoor and remote deployments. Monarch comprises baseband, RF, power management, and RAM, all integrated into a 6.5 x 8.5 mm package. In addition, Monarch supports advanced features such as programmable RF filtering for global band support in a single SKU, and proprietary dynamic power management technology enabling battery life of 10+ years for certain use cases.

“ST’s leadership in low power and IoT-friendly high-performance solutions is an ideal match to our Monarch LTE-M platform,” said Danny Kedar, VP and GM of Sequans’ IoT business unit. “Monarch will enable low power wider area connectivity for many new IoT devices, and the STM32 design kit we’ve created with ST will help makers of those devices get to market quickly.”

“The STM32 processor provides a proven platform ranging from ultra-low power products to the highest performance MCUs, with graphic and advanced connectivity-stack capabilities for IoT applications,” said Michel Buffa, General Manager, Microcontroller Division, STMicroelectronics. “Monarch brings the industry’s most optimized LTE-M solution for IoT connectivity to completes the turnkey design kit that brings the standalone network connectivity that is vital to any IoT device all developers of connected objects.”

www.sequans.com/lteforiot

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