French IoT chip designer Sequans Communications has added a key embedded software container technology to its cellular chipset.
MicroEJ’s VEE virtualisation software has been ported to Sequans’ Monarch 2 platform to provide a faster go-to-production track applications to reduce development time. A key factor is providing easy porting of non-cellular applications, such as those developed for Matter, to cellular chips such as the second generation Monarch 2 GM02S LTE Cat M1/NB1/NB2 module. This is the first member of Sequans’ next generation “S” series module family that eliminates external components and includes the ‘Single-SKU’ RF front end for deployment in any band worldwide.
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“The proven MicroEJ development environment allows for fast development of IoT applications on our cellular IoT Monarch chip and module and will benefit our customers across many market segments,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “With MicroEJ, we provide our customers a standard software container that enables them to capitalize on existing and future software development with an ease-of-use comparable to developing apps on smartphones.”
VEE is a standard Java-based container for virtualization that allows developers to reuse reuse and duplicate the software on several devices while guaranteeing optimal security and integrating new features without disrupting the design of new IoT products.
VEE comes with its Virtual Device counterpart for desktop environments, enabling engineers to design and qualify their specifications on the virtual Monarch 2 based device, ahead of hardware design based on Sequans’ Monarch 2 platform.
The software also makes use of the Monarch 2 low power features, with a software friendly power mode framework that optimally adjusts power consumption. The GM02S includes a low-power application MCU that allows developers to port their own code into the module via a feature rich SDK and uses a single rail power supply starting at 2.2 V for battery-operated applications..
The VEE application container enables products to be designed up to three times faster, significantly accelerating time-to-market by enabling several teams to work in parallel with clear interfaces between the various skills. This allows teams to work in parallel to “divide-and-conquer” and massively reduce the complexity of an embedded hardware and software IoT device.
“Our collaboration with Sequans, the leader in cellular IoT, promises great benefits to the electronic ecosystem,” said Dr Fred Rivard, CEO of MicroEJ. “With our comprehensive MicroEJ VEE edge container integrated in Monarch 2, device makers and developers anywhere in the world have a complete solution to create or adapt cost effective and useful devices, fast.”
The Sequans/MicroEJ collaboration contributes enables easier supply chain management within the current context of component shortages for smart utility meters, appliances, wearables, and industrial IoT devices.
Monarch 2 GM02S is the world’s only cellular IoT module with a certified Common Criteria EAL5+ secure enclave for integrated SIM (ieUICC) that is compliant with GSMA standards. The module also supports a single rail power supply starting at 2.2 V, the lowest level in the industry, allowing for better efficiency of the internal power management unit, further reducing power consumption, and lowering battery and BOM cost.
Full product details are on the Monarch 2 GM02S page and Sequans and MicroEJ are demonstrating the integrated solution at MWC 2022 in Barcelona, February 28-March 3. Sequans is in hall 5, stand 5H40.
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