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Sequans and Foxconn partner to design LTE M2M chipsets

Keith Kreisher 
January 13, 2016
LTE chipmaker Sequans Communications and system-on-chip designer Socle Technology, a subsidiary of Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn, have formed a strategic partnership to address the global market for the LTE-enabled IoT. The aim is to bring to market specialised and integrated systems-on-chip (SoCs) to address IoT and M2M applications that require wireless LTE connectivity.
With French company Sequans’ LTE technology and Socle’s SoC expertise and IP portfolio, the two parties aim to develop a family of LTE SoCs meeting the low power, low cost, processing, and interface requirements of a wide variety of M2M and IoT applications. The resulting products will be used by Sequans to expand its Streamlite LTE family of chipsets and by Foxconn to serve its IoT customers. The first product is expected to sample in 2016.
“Socle is an expert in SoC design, and we expect this partnership to yield a family of highly integrated solutions optimised for a variety of IoT segments,” said Georges Karam, CEO of Sequans. “I believe we have a compelling strategy, combining best-in-class technologies and access to new markets with privileged access to Foxconn IoT customers.”
Socle provides customised SoCs for Foxconn customers making tablets, smartphones and IoT devices. Sequans is developing products supporting 3GPP release 13 category M and NB-IoT capabilities. Sequans was the first to introduce an IoT-optimised category one LTE chipset that is available now and deploying on existing LTE networks.
“Sequans is the leader in LTE for IoT chipsets, and we are pleased to establish this alliance,” said Stone Peng, president of Socle Technology. “Our collaboration will allow us to bring best-in-class IoT-optimised LTE solutions to market quickly and to be very responsive to market needs as the LTE for IoT market continues its rapid development.”
Socle’s services include prototyping, chip design and system design; SoC-ImP, a design implementation platform for a time-to-market and first-cut-work driven SoC implementation; intellectual property products to facilitate SoC development; and turnkey services ranging from wafer sort, assembly process, final test and packaging to delivery.
Founded in 2003, Sequans 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. The company is based in Paris, France, with additional offices in the USA, UK, Israel, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea and China.