MicroEJ Vee container is ported to Sequans’ LTE-M/NB-IoT modules
A collaboration between IoT chip and module supplier, Sequans Communications and MicroEJ, provider of standard software containers for the IoT, has resulted in the edge container, MicroEJ Vee being ported to Sequans’ Monarch 2 platform.
“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 Karan, CEO of Sequans. “With MicroEJ, we provide our customers a standard software container that enables them to capitalise on existing and future software development with an ease-of-use comparable to developing APIs on smartphones,” he added.
Benefits now accessible to IoT customers include a fast go-to-production track which reduces development time and cost, said Sequans. It also eases porting of non-cellular application types to cellular using Sequans’ Monarch 2 technology.
MicroEJ Vee is a standard container for virtualisation (Java code) that allows developers to reuse and duplicate the software on several devices while guaranteeing optimal security and integrating new features without disrupting the design of new IoT products.
For simulation, MicroEJ Vee is supplied with its virtual device counterpart for desktop environments. This enables engineers to design and qualify their specifications on the virtual Monarch 2 based device, ahead of hardware design based on Sequans’ Monarch 2 platform.
MicroEJ vee leverages Monarch 2’s low power features set, with a software friendly power mode framework that optimally adjusts power consumption.
The application container also enables products to be designed up to three times faster, to accelerate time-to-market by enabling several teams to work in parallel and “massively reduce the complexity of an embedded hardware and software IoT device” said MicroEJ.
Dr Fred Rivard, MicroEJ’s CEO, declared Monarch 2, the world’s most secure and advanced LTE-M/NB-IoT connectivity solution. He said that the collaboration meant that “device makers and developers anywhere in the world have a complete solution to create or adapt cost effective and useful devices, fast.”
Leveraging Monarch 2’s embedded application MCU, the Sequans/MicroEJ collaboration contributes to a more sustainable IoT environment with fewer components. This also eases supply chain management for smart utility meters, appliances, wearables, and industrial IoT devices, added MicroEJ.
Monarch 2 GM02S is believed to be 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, claimed to be the lowest level in the industry, allowing for better efficiency of the internal power management unit. This results in reduced power consumption and lower battery and bill of material (BoM) cost.
Sequans and MicroEJ are demonstrating the integrated solution at the Sequans booth (Hall 5, 5H40) at MWC 2022 in Barcelona, 28 February to 03 March.