Modem chipmaker Sequans has completed interoperability testing of its Monarch LTE-M chip with NTT Docomo of Japan, and the chip will be used in IoT devices that the MNO will launch soon.
“IoT is growing rapidly in Japan and we are pleased to have the support of Sequans as we extend our network capabilities to LTE-M,” said Toshiyuki Futakata, general manager of the operator’s device development unit.
Monarch is a dual-mode LTE-M/NB-IoT chip platform. It extends battery life by supporting two key standards , power saving mode (PSM) and extended discontinuous reception (eDRX). It integrates baseband, RF, power management and RAM in a single package to reduce size, cost and power consumption and has been optimized for deep indoor penetration. Monarch also supports programmable RF filtering for global band support in a Single-SKU, and a proprietary dynamic power management technology, which drives power consumption down to 1 micro amp.