Murata teams with industry leaders to commercialize global LTE-M1/NB1 IoT solution to enable rapid deployment of new IoT products

  • Connectivity Modules


Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
Norio Nakajima

In conjunction with Sony Semiconductor Israel (Sony, formerly Altair Semiconductor), STMicroelectronics, and Truphone, Murata today introduced the availability of the Type 1SE module, a highly integrated, miniaturized, low power cellular IoT solution featuring a low power STM32L4 MCU and an ALT1250 M1/NB modem. Measuring just 15.4 × 18.0 × 2.5 mm, it combines four key components that enable fast and low-cost product development: STMicroelectronics’ ultra-low power STM32L462RE/Arm® Cortex®-M4 core with 512 KB Flash and 160KB SRAM MCU, Sony’s Altair ALT1250 solution-based low-power LTE Cat M1/NB1 modem and integrated SIM. Further, it is preloaded with Truphone’s SIM profile, allowing the module to operate worldwide – the first of its kind to do so.

Ideal for numerous IoT applications, the Type 1SE is certified as a host device to ease integration challenges. It lessens development time given that the end device can use the regulatory, GCF and carrier certificate already incorporated for the 1SE module. This collaboration also brings the STM32Cube Expansion (X-CUBE) for cellular software suite and substantial support via software development forums. For more information, visit Type1SE product site.

“By teaming with other industry leaders, we developed a true global connectivity solution that enables customers to realize their IoT products. With unprecedented optimization and flexibility, this module delivers unparalleled size, power, and cost efficiency. Further, the 1SE’s high level of integration drastically decreases and simplifies time to market,” stated Akira Sasaki, General Manager – IoT Group, Murata.

“Nowadays, more and more devices are connected using LPWA technology due to ubiquitous coverage and competitive total cost of ownership. This new solution offers simplicity and that enables rapid connectivity of devices to the cloud on a global scale,” said Dima Feldman, VP Product Management and Marketing at Sony Semiconductor Israel.

“Cellular connectivity will take a significant share of the IoT market, and that is why ST has teamed with a reliable player like Murata on a module powered by STM32L4 and embedded ST4SIM eSIM,” said Hakim Jaafar, Head of Wireless MCU Marketing, STMicroelectronics.

“At Truphone, we’ve long believed that the better the world connects, the better the world. And we hold that same belief for IoT. The potential for IoT growth is huge, but we cannot get there without seamless connectivity and a global reach. We’re thrilled to be teaming up with some of the best in the industry to bring this to the table for the Type 1SE module,” added Oliver Potter, Director of IoT at Truphone.

All four companies will come together on Thursday, April 29 at 2:00 PM EDT for a webinar to cover cellular IoT trends and share insight about enabling new markets, such as integrating the new 1SE module into devices. To register, visit here            Open in New Window                    .

Murata in Brief

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and sale of ceramic-based passive electronic components & solutions, communication modules and power supply modules. Murata is committed to the development of advanced electronic materials and leading edge, multi-functional, high-density modules. The company has employees and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. For more information, visit Murata's website at

About Sony Semiconductor Israel

Sony Semiconductor Israel Ltd. (formerly known as Altair Semiconductor Ltd.) is a leading provider of cellular IoT chipsets. The company’s cellular IoT chipsets are the smallest and most highly integrated LTE CAT-M and NB-IoT chipsets on the market, featuring ultra-low power consumption, hardware-based security, and a carrier-grade integrated SIM (iSIM), all 5G ready.

Sony Semiconductor Israel provides low-power and cost-efficient chipsets for a range of industrial and consumer IoT applications such as trackers, smart meters, smart labels, wearables, and vehicle telematics. The Altair chipsets are commercially deployed on the world’s most advanced LTE networks, including AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Docomo, KDDI, SoftBank, Telstra, Verizon, and Vodafone.

“Altair” is a trademark of cellular IoT chipsets by Sony Semiconductor Israel Ltd.

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Truphone believes that connectivity can be easier, smarter and more efficient. Since 2006, we have built state of the art SIM software, intuitive management platforms and a powerful global network to make this a reality. Every day, our technicians engineer better connections between things, people and business to make the world smarter. Headquartered in London, we have 15 offices across four continents and continue to expand globally. To learn more, visit            Open in New Window                    .