Renesas Launches LTE CAT-M1 Module For IoT Based On Monarch Technology From Sequans

By Tiera Oliver

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

May 26, 2021


Renesas Launches LTE CAT-M1 Module For IoT Based On Monarch Technology From Sequans

Renesas Electronics introduced the RYZ014A, Renesas’ first cellular IoT module supporting the LTE Cat-M1 specification.

This technology is designed to enable devices to directly connect to the internet without the need for a gateway, by relying on the existing communication infrastructure owned by mobile network operators. Per the company, this makes it economical to connect each device, which is ideal when installing large networks that require a low cost per unit. The pre-tested, pre-certified RYZ014A enables customers to implement wireless IoT applications across the globe.

The RYZ014A module was created to solve customers’ design and certification issues compared to building a wireless IoT solution from scratch. This includes RF regulatory certification, PTCRB/GCF certification, and carrier certification for the customer’s network operator of choice. The module is built on technology both from a hardware and software perspective and is delivered fully tested and calibrated. It has been certified with all radio frequency regulations in the world, as well as with network operators in North America, APAC, and Europe. Cellular IoT is one of the pillars of Renesas’ connectivity strategy that also includes Bluetooth Low Energy, Ultra-wide band (UWB), and Wi-SUN among others.

Renesas is teaming up with Sequans Communications on the RYZ014A modules. Sequans offers the Monarch LTE CAT-M1 hardware and software technology used in the module, and has experience implementing wireless IoT worldwide.

Renesas offers customers a web-based portal, managed by ONE Tech, that provides access to read sensor values and manage SIM card plans remotely.

Renesas has combined the RYZ014A modules with components from its portfolio, including power ICs, Li-ion battery charger, light-to-digital sensor, and multiple RA family MCUs to create certified combinations that enable customers to implement complete Remote Industrial Process Monitoring and Automatic Plant Watering Systems with an LTE Connection. Renesas offers over 200 combinations that include compatible devices that work together seamlessly for a range of applications and end products. They can be found at

Key Features of the RYZ014A Module

  • Support for world-wide frequency bands in a single design, removing the need to create multiple customer platforms for different global regions
  • High output power supporting both power class options 20 and 23dBm
  • Ultra-low current consumption in power saving mode of only 1µA

The RYZ014A module is available today, along with the RYZ014A-EVK evaluation kits.

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Tiera Oliver, Associate Editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits, product news, and constructing stories. She also assists with newsletter updates as well as contributing and editing content for ECD podcasts and the ECD YouTube channel. Before working at ECD, Tiera graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.S. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university’s student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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