Last night at the annual awards gala of The National Microelectronics Institute, the trade association representing the electronic systems, microelectronics and semiconductor communities of the UK, Sequans was awarded the prestigious More Than Moore award, based on the technological achievements of its Monarch LTE Platform, the world’s first and most highly-optimized LTE Cat M1/NB1 single chip solution.
The NMI awards program celebrates the year’s key electronics innovations, people and companies from across the UK and Ireland and has been run as an annual event since 2001. Sequans, with headquarters in Paris, has an R&D division in Reading, UK.
For 50 years Moore’s Law has been the bellwether of the semiconductor industry doubling the number of transistors in any given area every 18 months. With state-of-the-art dimensions now measured in nanometres and the cost of a production plant now measured in billions, Moore’s law scaling is largely predicted to be nearing its limits.
While packing more transistors on a chip to add power and performance is still a key focus, developing novel More than Moore (MtM) technologies on top of the Moore’s Law technologies to provide more value to semiconductor chips has also become a key objective.
That’s what gave rise to MtM, which is symbiotic with Moore’s Law and allows non-digital functionalities to migrate from the system board-level into the package (SiP) or onto the chip (SoC).
In presenting the award to Sequans, NMI CEO Derek Boyd said: “Monarch is Sequans’ newest chip and is the world’s first Cat M1/NB1 chip. It is purpose built for narrowband IoT applications, including sensors, wearables, and other low data, low power M2M and IoT devices.
Monarch comprises baseband, RF, power management, and RAM, all integrated into a single, tiny 6.5 x 8.5 mm package.
In addition, Monarch supports advanced features such as programmable RF filtering for global band support in a single SKU.”
Last night’s awards were held at a prestigious venue in London’s Bankside. The Awards and Gala Dinner, was attended by electronic systems industry leaders and also by the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, the Minister of State responsible for digital policy.