Sequans Introduces Monarch 2: Second Generation LTE for IoT Chip Platform

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Sequans Introduces Monarch 2: Second Generation LTE for IoT Chip Platform

Sequans Communications S.A. just introduced Monarch 2, the second generation of its Monarch LTE for NB-IoT chip platform. Monarch 2 is built on three years of Sequans’ field-proven experience with first-generation Monarch.

Monarch 2 incorporates full reuse of Monarch’s software and architecture, allowing all existing customers to migrate to the new system seamlessly. It brings several advancements, including an integrated secure element (SE) with a high level of security, enabling a variety of integrated SIMs, an improvement in power consumption and a high level of integration that simplifies and lowers the cost of IoT device design.

We designed Monarch 2 based on the exclusive knowledge we’ve gained over the last three years with IoT device-makers and LTE operators around the world,

said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO.

This experience has enabled us to develop the new platform with real world knowledge of what our customers need for successful LTE IoT deployments of all types. In Monarch 2, we answered key demands and improved our already ultra-low power consumption, added comprehensive positioning capabilities and a satile MCU, and added other important features to validate and improve the business cases for the widest possible range of IoT applications.

Monarch 2 is 5G ready. It supports 3GPP Release 14 and 15 and LTE UE categories M1/NB1/NB2. In one chip, Monarch 2 integrates baseband, RF, RAM, MCU, and power management. It supports all power classes +23/20/14 dBm, allowing deployments by operators around the world with efficient network capacity and data plans. Monarch 2’s dedicated MCU is able to scale from ultra-low power to high-performance mode to best fit customer applications. It is open to all customers via Sequans’ SDK. The secure element offers high, government-grade security level, EAL5+, and iUICC function.
For positioning, Monarch 2 embeds Sequans Location Engine which provides indoor and outdoor positioning via GNSS and a wide range of LTE-based location technologies. The Location Engine gives application developers flexibility to select the geo-location technology that best fits their requirements for location accuracy and cost.

Sequans’ Monarch powers our Cinterion EMS31 module and we are pleased to see Sequans expanding its technology leadership by introducing the second generation in Monarch 2,

said Andreas Haegele, SVP of IoT products, Gemalto.

We chose Monarch, because it was the industry-first LTE-M/NB-IoT chip designed from scratch to address specific IoT requirements regarding power and cost. The second-generation Monarch brings another major step of improvement in terms of integration and extended feature support. This will help Sequans to strengthen its position as a leading LTE chipmaker for the booming IoT market.

Author: Tim Cole
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