Sequans Communications recently announced availability of a new series of Cat 1 IoT modules based on its second generation, LTE Cat 1bis chip, Calliope 2.
The new Calliope 2 GC02S1 modules are said to be of low-cost, low-power, IoT-optimised solutions that support VoLTE and throughput higher than LTE-M for applications including wearables.
Calliope 2 GC02S1 modules are optimised to support three regional variants covering North America, Japan, and Europe, the company said.
Advancements in Sequans’ Calliope 2 chip technology remove the cost and power consumption barriers that have thus far limited widespread adoption of Cat 1 for IoT. These advancements include higher integration for lower cost, lower power consumption in both active and power-saving modes, near the level of LTE-M, thus extending the battery life of Cat 1 devices significantly, and advanced signal processing techniques that provide superior radio performance.
The firm said, its LTE Cat 1 is available worldwide on all cellular networks, including those areas where LTE-M and NB-IoT are not.
“With our new Calliope 2 GC02S1 modules, we have made Cat 1 highly suitable for IoT so that it can now support a much wider variety of IoT use cases, including those that need voice.”
Calliope 2 GC02S1 modules are 5G-ready and compliant with the 3GPP Release 15 massive IoT standard. User application software and interfaces are compatible with Sequans’ Monarch 2 LTE-M/NB-IoT platform, allowing easy migration among Cat 1, LTE-M, and NB-IoT massive IoT technologies.