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Sequans Introduces Monarch, Industry's First LTE Cat M Chip for the Internet of Things

Release 13 narrowband LTE Cat M1/M2 compliant, single chip Baseband, RF, RAM, and power management


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Monarch LTE Module PARIS, France - February 16, 2016 - LTE chipmaker Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS) today introduced Monarch, the industry's first LTE Cat M chip, compliant with the 3GPP Release 13 LTE Advanced Pro standard that defines new narrowband capabilities of LTE for machine-type-communications (LTE MTC). Monarch is designed and optimized to support the vast new range of low data use, ultra low-power, cost-sensitive, narrowband IoT applications such as smart energy meters, industrial IoT sensors, asset trackers, smart city controllers, and consumer wearables. Monarch is the newest member of Sequans' StreamliteLTE™ family of products for the Internet of Things.

Monarch achieves an exceptionally high level of integration whereby baseband, RF, RAM, and power management are integrated in a single, tiny 6.5 x 8 mm FC-CSP package. Monarch supports both of the narrowband categories defined in the Release 13 standard: Cat M1, 1.4 MHz bandwidth; and Cat M2, 200 kHz bandwidth (note 1).

Beyond the requirements of the standard, Monarch includes unique and powerful feature enhancements. These include: 1) a programmable RF filtering technology that enables the simple design of a single worldwide SKU that supports nearly any LTE band and enables global roaming; and 2) Sequans' exclusive low power technology, Dynamic Power Management (DPM), that dynamically adapts chip-level power profiles in real time based on traffic patterns and use cases, making possible 10-15 years (note 2) of battery life in real-world IoT applications.

"Monarch is the industry's first Cat M1/M2 chip and it is highly optimized to address the size, cost and power requirements of IoT applications," said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. "We have innovated to minimize power consumption, reduce the bill-of-materials, and simplify implementation of a global-ready device to maximize Monarch's market reach. The release of Monarch extends Sequans' LTE for IoT leadership-proven last year with the introduction of our Cat 1 chipset, Calliope-and highlights Sequans' strong commitment to perfecting the use of LTE for IoT, now including an entire new class of narrowband devices."

Monarch has already been accepted in the market by industry leaders including Verizon and Gemalto as the starting point for key LTE for IoT initiatives: Verizon has partnered with Sequans to accelerate LTE Cat M development, and Gemalto has extended its strategic partnership with Sequans to develop new Monarch-based Cat M module solutions for IoT applications.

"We have already seen great interest in Monarch from our partners," said Karam. "With the support of these industry leaders, we will truly accelerate the market for LTE Cat M technology and enable the creation of massive numbers of new LTE for IoT devices. Looking at what we achieved with LTE Cat 1 technology, namely advancing from network and device trials to full commercial deployment in the space of one year, we are excited to achieve the same in Cat M and proud to introduce our first Cat M solution, Monarch."

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Notes to Reporters:
  1. Category M1 was formerly known as Category M; Category M2 was formerly known as NB-IoT.
  2. Battery life varies with message size, transmission frequency, uplink/downlink ratio, active/sleep mode duty cycle, network conditions, battery technology, and other factors.


About Sequans Communications
Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS) is a 4G chipmaker and leading provider of single-mode LTE chipset solutions to wireless device manufacturers worldwide. 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. Today, Sequans offers two LTE product lines: StreamrichLTE™, optimized for feature-rich mobile computing and home/portable router devices, and StreamliteLTE™, optimized for M2M devices and other connected devices for the Internet of Things. Sequans is based in Paris, France with additional offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Israel, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, and China.

SOURCE: Sequans Communications S.A.

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