Sequans, STMicroelectronics unveil LTE Tracker Platform to connect, locate objects everywhere


LTE Chipmaker Sequans Communications and STMicroelectronics introduced on Thursday CLOE, a new LTE-connected tracker platform based on the integration of Sequans and ST technologies.

An acronym of Connecting and Locating Objects Everywhere, CLOE combines the Internet-of-Things (IoT) technologies into one comprehensive platform that simplifies the development of LTE-based IoT tracker devices for a range of vertical markets, including logistics, consumer electronics and automotive.

CLOE integrates Sequans’ Monarch LTE Cat M1/NB1 chip with STMicroelectronics’ Teseo III GNSS chip for LTE, GNSS and accelerometer performance in one platform, featuring lowest time to first fix (TTFF), long battery life, and an optimized bill of materials (BOM). The integration of the LTE and GNSS technologies in CLOE results in a power-optimized, cost effective, all-in-one solution to develop and introduce new IoT tracker devices to the market in a short time.

CLOE is designed and optimized for production based on a full bill of materials (BOM) that includes LTE, GNSS, accelerometer, power supply, battery management, LED, and button management. The modular design enables copy/paste and optimizes BOM cost. CLOE is easily customizable.

CLOE offers cellular tracker solution for OEMs and ODMs; chipset integrates PMU, LTE, GNSS, memories, and MCU; comes operator-certified; LTE Cat M1/NB1 dual-category; covers worldwide LTE bands with a single hardware design; and delivers GNSS accuracy and time to first fix.

The platform also delivers support for autonomous or server-based Assisted GPS (AGPS) for optimal Time To Fix. It has been designed to address multiple track and trace segments, including logistics, consumer electronics and automotive. Optimized for low power consumption and cost, its modular design includes GNSS, cellular connectivity, MEMS; can be expanded to include other sensors, Bluetooth, and/or Wi-Fi.

“CLOE targets multiple vertical markets with best-in-class performance for all of the important tracking measures: battery life, location accuracy, reachability, mobility, and reporting periodicity,” said Antonio Radaelli, Infotainment BU Director, STMicroelectronics. “‘Componentizing’ ST’s navigation technology and Sequans’ LTE modem technology makes CLOE an ideal platform to build trackers of all types—anything a developer can think of.”

“The tight integration of ST’s latest-generation Teseo chip with our Monarch LTE chip results in a power-optimized, cost-effective, all-in-one solution to speed new IoT tracker devices to market in a very short time,” said Danny Kedar, VP of Sequans IoT business unit. “CLOE delivers ultra reliable LTE connectivity with ultra low power consumption, and high performance GNSS and accelerometer performance, including lowest Time To First Fix (TTFF).”

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