IoT chipmaker Sequans and start-up Pycom have announced that Pycom's IoT platform, FiPy, will be combined with the Monarch LTE Cat M1/NB1 chip. FiPy integrates LTE with other LPWA technologies to make a five-network IoT solution.

FiPy is a five-network hardware module programmable with MicroPython, with as small footprint as the Pycom WiPy and LoPy. It features connectivity technologies such as ESP32, LoRa, Sigfox, and LTE-M.

The FiPy also includes an open source firmware supported by the Pymakr IDE, the Pymate mobile app, Pysense and Pytrack application boards and a free middleware platform available beginning April next year. The module will be available in a smaller, operator-focused version, the GPy, which includes LTE-M, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Monarch, the Sequans Cat M1/NB1 chip, is built for IoT applications such as sensors, wearables, and M2M devices. The chip is compliant with the 13 LTE Advanced Pro standard for LTE for machine-to-machine communications.

It also packs baseband, RF, power management, and RAM in a 6.5mm x 8.5mm package. Monarch as well supports programmable RF filtering for global band support in an SKU as well as dynamic power management.

A Kickstarter campaign for FiPy launched earlier in hopes of bringing FiPy ready to market in Q2 2017.