Ceva rebrands its multi-protocol Wireless IP for IoT and edge AI

Ceva rebrands its multi-protocol Wireless IP for IoT and edge AI

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By Nick Flaherty

Ceva has launched a family of multi-protocol IP for edge AI and the Internet of Things (IoT) with a 22nm radio..

Ceva-Waves Links supports WiFi6, Bluetooth, Ultra-Wideband (UWB), and IEEE 802.15.4 (for Thread / Zigbee / Matter) as qualified, easy-to-integrate, multi-protocol wireless communications subsystems, each featuring optimized co-existence schemes and adapted to various radios and configurations.

The Links family uses the newly rebranded Ceva-Waves portfolio of wireless connectivity IPs, formerly known as RivieraWaves. Ceva-Waves Links100, an integrated, low power, Wi-Fi 6 / Bluetooth 5.4 / 802.15.4 communications subsystem IP for IoT applications is the first IP available in this family and is currently being deployed by an OEM customer.

This has WiFi6 optimized for cost-sensitive IoT applications as well as Bluetooth 5.4 Dual Mode, supporting advanced Bluetooth Audio with Auracast, and with a comprehensive suite of Bluetooth profiles. IEEE 802.15.4 supports Thread, ZigBee, Matter for smart home applications and is pre-integrated with a low power multi-protocol radio at TSMC 22nm process

“Increasingly, wireless connectivity chips are required to handle multiple standards to meet the evolving needs and diverse use cases of consumer and industrial devices. The Ceva-Waves Links family offers a significant value proposition to semiconductor companies and OEMs, lowering the risk and investment required to integrate multi-protocol wireless connectivity into chip designs. Moreover with support for UWB, the Links family offers innovative micro-location and radar sensing features for truly advanced smart edge devices,” said Andrew Zignani, Senior Research Director, ABI Research.

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“The Ceva-Waves Links wireless connectivity IPs build on our extensive portfolio that already powers more than 1 billion devices annually and has enabled us to establish a strong and diversified customer base across consumer and industrial IoT applications,” said Tal Shalev, Vice President and General Manager of the Wireless IoT BU at CEVA. “With many customers designing chips employing multiple wireless standards, Links is a natural extension, leveraging our technology and expertise to dramatically reduce the technology barrier but yet delivering a tailored, optimal solution that provides the high-performance, low latency and low-power connectivity required.”

Other potential members of the Links IP family include higher performance WiFi 6/6E/7 with MLO, for a variety of use-cases, from power-efficient IoT to high-speed data streaming as well as Bluetooth with Channel Sounding for localization and Higher Data Throughout. Ceva also has UWB IP, supporting FiRa 2.0, CCC Digital Key 3.0, and Radar, for innovative micro-location and sensing features.

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