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Sequans helps Netcomm build router for 4G LTE M2M applications

Steve Rogerson
July 22, 2015
A technology collaboration between France and Australia has resulted in an industrial M2M router that uses 4G LTE communications. Sydney-based Netcomm Wireless built the router using a 4G module from Paris-based chipmaker Sequans Communications.
The NWL-25 4G LTE Light industrial M2M router operates on LTE bands four and 13 and delivers industrial-grade M2M capabilities and a wide range of interfaces, including a serial port, Ethernet port, three multipurpose digital and analogue ports, and a USB 2.0 port. It supports carrier-grade remote management functionalities including remote system monitoring, remote diagnostics, remote configuration and over-the-air firmware updates.
The router suits M2M applications in numerous market segments such as automotive, industrial monitoring, manufacturing, retail and utilities.
"We are pleased to contribute our LTE technology to the NWL-25," said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. "The device provides high-end capability while being very cost-effective and is therefore positioned to reach wide acceptance in the M2M market."
The LTE technology inside the router is Sequans' VZ20Q EZLink LTE module, which is certified for use on the Verizon 4G LTE network and operates on LTE bands four and 13. It comprises Sequans' cat four (150Mbit/s) Mont Blanc LTE platform and all other elements necessary for a complete LTE modem system. These include an LTE-optimised transceiver, a complete dual-band RF front-end for bands four and 13, key interfaces, LP-DDR SDRAM, embedded boot flash, and VC-TCXO all in a single, compact package.
"We chose Sequans for the NWL-25 because Sequans' chips are optimised for IoT and M2M applications and offer excellent price and performance," said David Stewart, CEO and managing director of Netcomm Wireless. "Also, Sequans EZLink LTE module was very easy to design in, since it comes pre-certified and pre-integrated with everything included."
The NWL-25 features easy setup using a built-in web GUI, which can be used for plug-and-play applications requiring simple connectivity back to an operations centre. It includes a processor, spare memory and an open embedded Linux operating system. The router has been tested to withstand the harsh effects of industrial environments and will work from -30 to +70ËšC. It can withstand shocks and long-term vibrations and, because it has a dedicated ignition sensing input, can be used for vehicle applications.