Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Sequans aims to lower LTE costs for M2M device makers

Iain Morris
June 12, 2014

Chipmaker Sequans has launched a new platform designed to make LTE technology affordable for the design of M2M and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
 
The Colibri LTE platform combines the company’s latest baseband and radiofrequency chips as well as an integrated network and applications platform and a software package for over-the-air device management.

Sequans (Paris, France) says the platform has been “optimized” for the design of M2M and IoT modules and devices for numerous new applications.

“In developing Colibri, our goal was to pack it with great IoT features while making it so cost-effective that it would immediately solidify the business cases for adding LTE to numerous new M2M and IoT devices,” said Georges Karam, the chief executive of Sequans. “I’m proud to say we’ve reached our goal and Colibri offers the best price and performance in the industry, enabling 4G LTE modules to approach 2G price points.”

Features of the platform include low power consumption and a compact form factor, making it usable in the areas of home security, automotive, healthcare, wearables, utilities and more.

“As growth of the IoT explodes and LTE continues its rapid spread around the world, the demand for LTE-enabled M2M and IoT devices is reaching new heights as device makers realize that to be future proof, their M2M and IoT devices must be LTE-enabled,” said Karam. “With Colibri, we have made it simple, quick, and very affordable to add LTE connectivity to almost any device for any application.”

Sequans says it expects modules based on the Colibri platform to become available from various module manufacturers from the third quarter of 2014.

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