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Gemalto integrates Sequans chipset to produce LTE-based M2M modules

Steve Rogerson
July 15, 2015
Gemalto is to integrate the Streamlite LTE chipset platforms from French company Sequans into a family of wireless communications modules for the M2M and IoT markets. The first of the products will be based on Sequans’ Calliope LTE platform, a cat one (10Mbit/s) LTE chipset optimised for low power and lower bandwidth requirements, typical for many M2M applications.
The modules are said to represent the first step towards true machine-type communications and will allow easy addition of LTE connectivity to devices such as smart meters, alarm systems, asset trackers, remote monitors, M2M routers and telematics.
The Calliope platform provides key IoT and M2M interfaces and support for VoLTE and location based services.
“Sequans is an innovative and focused partner for us to start deployments of a new generation of technology leading towards true machine-type communications,” said Norbert Muhrer, senior vice president at Dutch company Gemalto. “LTE technology has distinct advantages for the M2M space, for example in size and power, and its Calliope chipset is an ideal starting point for smart, efficient and cost-effective LTE M2M modules. Cooperating with Sequans we aim to deliver higher integration of the module with typical Gemalto competencies in sim cards and security for IoT.”
The first of the Sequans-powered Gemalto modules is expected to certify and ship in the second half of 2015, targeting US markets with other markets to follow.
“We have an excellent partner in Gemalto, a company with decades of experience in M2M and digital security and well respected for introducing advanced products, services and platforms,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “Gemalto’s intelligent product design and portfolio roadmap combined with its global customer support is advancing the evolution to LTE for a variety of vertical markets and helping to expand the IoT.”
Sequans Communications is a 4G chipmaker and provider of single-mode LTE chipsets to wireless device manufacturers worldwide. Founded in 2003, it has developed and delivered six generations of 4G technology and its chips are certified and shipping in 4G networks, both LTE and Wimax, around the world. Based in Paris, France, the company has offices in the USA, UK, Israel, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea and China.