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Sequans adds NB-IoT support, hard on Altair’s heels

Sequans has launched the Monarch SX, a system-on-chip (SoC) aimed at customers looking for LTE Cat-M1 and NB-IoT connectivity. Integrating its Monarch platform with an ARM processor, the Sequans announcement comes after last week’s unveiling of a new NB-IoT chip from rival Altair – as the low-power cellular industry heats up ahead of MWC. The new SoC aims to streamline decisions for IoT developers that are looking for a cellular option, by providing an SoC that provides the processing power required to run applications, as well as the necessary cellular RF processing and sensor options. In a 90mm2 package, Sequans is pitching this at small IoT devices, with wearables, asset trackers, and sensor nodes identified as ideal candidates. Orion Labs has already announced…

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