Sequans and Thales Collaborate to Develop Next Generation LTE-M, NB-IoT, and Cat 1 Modules

Sequans and Thales Collaborate to Develop Next Generation LTE-M, NB-IoT, and Cat 1 Modules

Sequans Communications announced that Thales, its longtime partner in cellular IoT connectivity solutions, intends to use Sequans’ second-generation Monarch 2 and Calliope 2 platforms as a basis for its new generation of Cinterion IoT LTE-M/NB-IoT and Cat 1 modules. Thales has been using Sequans’ first-generation massive IoT modem technology in its Cinterion IoT modules since 2015 and has shipped them worldwide. The availability of Sequans’ second-generation massive IoT chips will now fuel the second phase of collaboration aimed at providing best-in-class IoT modules to market. Sequans’ Monarch 2 and Calliope 2 technologies deliver numerous advanced features and improvements, including significantly reduced power consumption, higher integration, and a GSMA-compliant EAL5+ secure enclave for integrated SIM capability. 

Thales relies on SequansMonarch and Calliope LPWAN modems to provide Cinterion IoT modules with best-in-class connectivity capability. The new Sequans Monarch 2 LTE IoT modem is an exciting breakthrough, providing support for both Cat M1 and Cat NB2 IoT and offering extended coverage, improved power consumption, and longer battery life. We are thrilled to extend our long-standing collaboration with Sequans, allowing us to grow LPWA portfolio and continue to deliver innovative IoT connectivity solutions that drive the IoT forward.

The partnership ensures that Thales IoT customers have the most advanced cellular IoT connectivity solutions available. Cinterion IoT modules are top of the line and, along with Thales's expertise in security, Thales IoT customers have exactly what they need to build IoT devices with the capabilities necessary to support massive IoT.

Monarch 2 is a 5G ready chip platform, supporting 3GPP Releases 14 and 15 and LTE UE categories M1/NB1/NB2. In a single chip, Monarch 2 integrates baseband, RF, RAM, MCU, and power management. It supports all power classes, +23/20/14 dBm, allowing deployments by all operators around the world with efficient network capacity and data plans. Monarch 2 supports a power supply starting at 2.2 V, the lowest level in the industry. Also, it brings more than a 50-percent improvement in power consumption in both active and eDRX modes and it continues to lead the industry with 1 microamp at rock bottom. Monarch 2’s dedicated MCU can scale from ultra-low power mode to high-performance mode to best-fit customer applications. Monarch 2’s GSMA-compliant embedded secure enclave (SE) delivers the highest government-grade security level possible, EAL5+, and iUICC (iSIM) functionality.

Calliope 2 is a 5G-ready chip platform, supporting the 3GPP Release 15 massive IoT standard, delivering up to 10 Mbps downlink and 5 Mbps uplink. In a single chip, Calliope 2 integrates baseband, RF, RAM, MCU, and power management. In addition to cost and power improvements, Calliope 2 delivers the same advanced features found in Sequans’ Monarch 2 platform, including an EAL5+ secure enclave for ieUICC (integrated SIM). Calliope 2 also integrates a VoLTE voice engine with HD-quality voice (EVS), providing support for emergency voice calling and streaming audio.

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