New Monarch cellular extension board for ST Discovery kits now available; new integrated Monarch/STM32 module in the works.
Sequans Communications S.A. is working with STMicroelectronics to bring LTE for IoT connectivity to the MCU ecosystem and accelerate its adoption.
From this collaboration, the companies have developed a dedicated cellular extension board for STM32 Discovery kits based on Sequans’ Monarch LTE-M/NB-IoT technology. ST has also enlarged its STM32CUBE cellular software library to support Sequans’ existing Monarch-based module, GM01Q.
A more integrated solution, enriching the GM01Q module with an STM32 MCU, is in the works. The purpose of this all-in-one solution is to accelerate the adoption of cellular IoT connectivity in the industry. The new module is expected to be available later this year.
The cellular extension board — Sequans’ GM01Q STMod — adds LTE-M and NB-IoT connectivity to any STM32 Discovery board using Sequans’ Monarch-based GM01Q module. The extension board and its related software in the STM32Cube library provide developers with a powerful and simplified IoT development kit that is packed with drivers and easy-to-use features to quickly establish a cellular-to-cloud connection.
Sequans’ GM01Q module supports 17 LTE bands for worldwide connectivity, and the extension board is pre-integrated into the STM32CUBE software suite, which can connect STM32-based products to cloud servers, including AWS, GCP, Azure, and others, as the libraries become available. The kit includes a switchable SIM interface, eSIM, and MicroSIM, a high-performance antenna for frequencies between 700 MHz – 2100 MHz, and free drivers and code examples.
Georges Karam, Sequans CEO, said:
“With ST, we’re offering a best-in-class LTE for IoT plus MCU solution that is based on Sequans expertise in cellular IoT connectivity and ST’s expertise in low-power MCUs.”
“The result is an easy-to-use solution for IoT device development or prototyping that will work on LTE networks around the world on supported operators in the USA, Japan, Korea, and Europe.”
“This new expansion board and software build on our long-running cooperative effort with Sequans in LTE for IoT solutions, so we’re excited to introduce this Monarch cellular extension board for STM32 Discovery kits to our ecosystem and the market,” said Ricardo De Sa Earp, General Manager, Microcontroller Division, STMicroelectronics. “Combining the GM01Q STMod extension board with our STM32 Discovery kit should be of great interest to developers and we expect it to spur the development of all kinds of interesting IoT applications.”