LTE-M dev kit simplifies IoT connectivity

November 25, 2020 // By Rich Pell
LTE-M dev kit simplifies IoT connectivity
Electronic components distributor Avnet has introduced an IoT connectivity kit designed to speed time to market for the development of IoT solutions using LTE-M connectivity.

The Monarch LTE-M Development Kit provides IoT developers with a complete set of components, software, and services from NXP Semiconductors, Sequans, Microsoft, Verizon, and Avnet. The kit is powered by the Sequans Monarch LTE-M modem, NXP's LPC55S69 MCU microcontroller, Verizon's SIM and ThingSpace IoT platform, Microsoft's Azure cloud platform, and Avnet's end-to-end engineering services.

LTE-M connectivity, says the company, is a crucial feature for today's IoT devices. Its wide availability, bandwidth, and speed are ideal for the always-on, reliable data connectivity that IoT applications demand, such as remote monitoring, asset tracking and smart city/smart home applications.

The Monarch LTE-M Development Kit, says the company, has been designed to meet the needs of developers looking to incorporate LTE-M connectivity in their IoT devices, ensuring they can rely on Avnet’s end-to-end ecosystem to bring their projects from idea to design and design to production.

"Connecting to the IoT requires more than a cellular signal," says Jim Beneke, vice president, Products & Emerging Technologies, Avnet. "Developers need the components, software, and support to maximize reliability, simplify development and reduce overall time to market. Having a solution that provides all this ensures they have more resources to focus on the applications themselves and create IoT solutions that deliver real business value. Our new development kit combines everything today’s developer needs to do just that."

The kit's connectivity is provided by the Sequans Monarch Go LTE-M modem, which is certified for end use on the Verizon network, eliminating the need for certification testing and significantly improving time to market. Verizon's ThingSpace IoT platform is also incorporated in the kit, simplifying device deployment on the Verizon LTE-M network and ensuring data integrity with reliable network connectivity.

The kit bundles the Monarch Go Arduino Shield with an NXP LPC55S69-EVK board and includes example code showing how it all works together to create cellular-connected edge device-to-cloud connectivity. The kit's evaluation board features an NXP LPC55S69 MCU, a secure

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