LTE CAT-M1 IoT Reference Hardware Design


The ThingSpace LTE CAT-M1 IoT Reference Hardware Design by Bittium allow an OEM the building blocks to get up and running quickly on the Verizon network and ThingSpace platform. The reference hardware design takes the guess work out of picking the right hardware and integrating it with your existing designs. All components of the ThingSpace LTE CAT-M1 IoT Reference Hardware Design are open sourced. These designs can be used as starting points as the basis for developing a new system.

The design was built by Bittium and has gone through Verizon Open Development certification. Download the design files today and get started on fast-tracking your next IoT design.

Building Blocks to Get Up and Running Quickly on the Verizon Network and ThingSpace Platform.

What Is Included

  • Schematics, block diagrams, and BOM for CAT-1 and CAT-M1 hardware designs
  • Downloadable tutorials and documentation


  • Verizon-Certified VZM20Q LTE CAT-M Modem Module
  • Sony GPS
  • Arduino Connector for easy interfacing
  • NanoSIM support for space savings in the final product design
  • User-definable "push" button
  • Two user-definable LEDs
  • Easy connection points to external cellular and GPS antennas
  • Board size of 52.6 mm x 55 mm

Target Applications for the Hardware Design

  • Asset Tracking
  • Factory Automation
  • Smart Agriculture
  • Healthcare
  • Food Safety
  • Energy Management
  • Smart Lighting


Bittium has designed three different Sequans modem based hardware variants that are Verizon Thingspace compatible.

You can order full device design from Bittium including  software, battery, charging, Bluetooth, WiFi, sensors, audio and other required features including production support.


Two of the variants use VZM20Q LTE CAT-M modem and one uses the VZ120Q LTE CAT-1 modem. Presented design files are for VZM20Q modem. Different SIM card variants are also available with MFF2 and Nano-SIM reader.


All the variants include Sony CDX560x GNSS. One variant includes built-in antennas while the others have U.FL antenna connectors for external antennas.


Variants have different sensor setups including Accelerometer, and others.

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