Ceva Joins ARM Total Design for 5G infrastructure and satellite chips

Ceva Joins ARM Total Design for 5G infrastructure and satellite chips

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By Nick Flaherty

Ceva has joined ARM’s Total Design programme for designers to use its PentaG-RAN IP alongside the ARM Neoverse cores.

This allows the CEVA 5G cores to be used alongside the Neoverse Compute Subsystems (CSS) for wireless infrastructure including 5G base stations, Open RAN equipment and 5G non-terrestrial-networks (NTN) satellites.

Integrating the PentaG-RAN 5G DSP baseband platform with the Neoverse cores provides the compute performance required for the most processor-intensive workloads, including beamforming and channel estimation, while significantly reducing the complexity and time-to-market for companies looking to develop chips and chiplets for emerging 5G use cases.

The DSP platform provides a complete L1 PHY (physical layer 1) implementation with optimal hardware/software partitioning, incorporating vector DSPs, PHY control DSPs, flexible 5G hardware accelerators and other specialized components required for modem processing chains. This enables up to 10X savings in power and area compared to available FPGA and commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) CPU based alternatives.

The PentaG-RAN platform is RF front-end agnostic so that it can also be used for systems targeting mmWave and sub-6-GHz networks.

“ARM Total Design enables a new era of innovation and collaboration on Neoverse CSS, empowering the ecosystem built around Arm to design custom silicon optimized for any application,” said Eddie Ramirez, vice president of go-to-market, Infrastructure Line of Business at ARM. “Ceva brings unique expertise in cellular baseband processing, and our joint customers will benefit from this collaboration to accelerate their 5G SoC and chiplet designs, while lowering their risk and costs in the process.”

“As the leading licensor of IP that wirelessly connects the IoT universe, joining Arm Total Design provides our mutual customers with a simplified path to develop leading-edge 5G silicon and chiplets,” said Guy Keshet, vice president and general manager, Mobile Broadband Business Unit at Ceva.

“The Neoverse compute subsystem incorporating our Ceva PentaG-RAN 5G platform delivers a compelling solution to the market, lowering the entry barriers for companies looking to address new markets like Open RAN and 5G NTN satellite networks.”


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