Sequans and USI partner to deliver LTE modules based on Sequans’ Colibri LTE chipset for M2M and IoT devices

Sequans and USI partner to deliver LTE modules based on Sequans’ Colibri LTE chipset for M2M and IoT devices

Sequans Communications S.A. announced that Universal Scientific Industrial (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., (USI), a leading electronics manufacturing company, is bringing to market an LTE module powered by Sequans’ newest LTE chipset, Colibri, which is optimized for the design of devices for the Internet of Things.

The module comprises the Sequans’ Colibri LTE chipset platform and all other elements necessary for a complete LTE modem system. Based on a Sequans’ reference design, the new module answers the needs of M2M and IoT device-makers for a simple, all-in-one, single-mode LTE chip solution for the design of affordable devices for numerous IoT applications.

Georges Karam, Sequans CEO, said:
“We have found an excellent partner in USI, a company with tremendous expertise in advanced SIP (system in package) techniques and a long history of commercial success in miniaturized modules.”

“The LTE-enabled Internet of Things is a clear trend and we see more and more device makers looking for the easiest and most affordable way to LTE-enable their M2M and IoT devices. We are very pleased to work with USI to bring this new single-mode LTE module solution to market.”

At the heart of the module is Sequans’ newest LTE chipset platform, Colibri that includes baseband and RF chips, an integrated network and application CPU running Sequans’ carrier-proven LTE protocol stack, an IMS client, and a comprehensive software package for over-the-air device management and packet routing. The all-in-one module design then adds a complete dual-band RF front-end for bands 4 and 13, IoT friendly interfaces, LP-DDR SDRAM, embedded boot Flash, and power management, all in a small 76-pin LGA package, 21.1 x 20.0 x 1.5 mm.

“We are pleased to partner with Sequans on the new Colibri module,” said Albert Liu, GM of Wireless Product BU, USI. “The market for single-mode LTE module solutions represents a huge opportunity as LTE proliferates around the world and we believe the module we are bringing to market will be an extremely valuable solution for many IoT device makers.”

The first Colibri-based module manufactured by USI supports LTE bands 4 and 13. Additional modules coming later will support a variety of band combinations to address opportunities in various markets around the world.  The first carrier certification of the new Colibri module is expected in Q4.

According to Machina Research, nearly 70 percent of M2M modules shipped in 2022 will be LTE.

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