Renesas and Sequans announce 4G/5G cellular IoT collaboration

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Renesas and Sequans Communications, a provider of 5G/4G chips and modules for IoT, are to develop IoT modules based on Sequans’ Monarch LTE-M/NB-IoT platform.

The modules are designed to provide IoT companies with an integrated microcontroller (MCU) plus connectivity platform that will help to streamline and simplify IoT system design for many applications, including smart city, smart home, and industrial IoT. The collaboration includes providing support for multiple network providers worldwide.

The first Renesas module based on Sequans Monarch is expected to debut mid-Q4, to be followed by additional modules with added features such as Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) capabilities.

“Our partnership with Sequans will expand our cellular IoT module offerings with 4G/5G cellular connectivity,” said Roger Wendelken, Senior Vice President, Head of MCU Business, IoT and Infrastructure Business Unit at Renesas. “Sequans has been a leader in IoT connectivity technology for many years and their Monarch technology delivers not only the industry’s lowest power consumption, but also reliability and security. This collaboration enables us to offer a new suite of IoT modules alongside our MCUs, delivering the advanced capabilities that meet the application needs of our IoT customers.”

“One of the biggest inhibitors to IoT success is the high complexity and cost of system design,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “Our collaboration with Renesas alleviates this by providing a pre-integrated platform that saves IoT customers time and money, so they can focus on their IoT service offerings. We are very pleased about the value our partnership with Renesas creates.”