Renesas Electronics Corporation introduced the RYZ014A, Renesas’ first cellular IoT module supporting the LTE Cat-M1 specification. This technology allows 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. This makes it economical to connect each device, which is especially beneficial when installing larger networks that require a low cost per unit. The pre-tested, pre-certified RYZ014A enables customers to quickly and cost-effectively implement wireless IoT applications across the globe.
The RYZ014A module solves 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 proven technology both from a hardware and software perspective and is delivered fully tested and calibrated. It has been certified with all major radio frequency regulations in the world as well as with leading 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-wideband (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 extensive experience implementing wireless IoT worldwide.
Renesas offers customers a web-based portal, managed by ONE Tech, that provides easy access to read sensor values and manage SIM card plans remotely, reducing operating costs.
Renesas has combined the RYZ014A modules with numerous components from its extensive portfolio, including power ICs, Li-ion battery charger, light-to-digital sensor, and multiple RA family MCUs to create certified “Winning Combinations” that enable customers to quickly implement complete Remote Industrial Process Monitoring and Automatic Plant Watering Systems with an LTE Connection. Renesas offers over 200 Winning Combos that include compatible devices that work together seamlessly for a wide range of applications and end products.
Key Features of the RYZ014A Module include: Support for worldwide 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 the only 1µA;
The RYZ014A module is available today, along with the RYZ014A-EVK evaluation kits.