Low power FiRa 2.0 IP to drive UWB into industrial, consumer

Low power FiRa 2.0 IP to drive UWB into industrial, consumer

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By Nick Flaherty

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Ceva is releasing validated RivieraWaves ultra-wideband (UWB) IP for the FiRa 2.0 specification as the technology expands into industrial and consumer applications.

FiRa 2.0 aims to enable standardization and compliance efforts for the widespread adoption of UWB  applications based on IEEE 802.15.4z. Ceva has a low power MAC-to-PHY design with interference cancelation to boost the performance of  micro-location in high-density wireless environments such as the smart home and smart factory where other wireless standards such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and ZigBee are pervasive.

 ABI Research forecasts that the global market of UWB-enabled device shipments will achieve a compound annual growth rate of 14% over the next five years – growing from 435 million units in 2023 to nearly 1.3 billion units by 2028 from increased penetration in the consumer and industrial markets.

From the initial early adoption in the automotive industry as a secure, robust technology for digital keys in the Connected Car Consortium (CCC) Digital Key specifications,  the technology is expanding to consumer and industrial applications for spatial awareness and micro-location. This enables AI-based applications like gesture recognition.

The FiRa 2.0 specification expands UWB into the consumer and industrial markets with particular attention on three applications.

The first is Private Indoor Navigation to enable users of UWB-enabled smartphones or tablets to find their way in indoor positioning systems (such as shopping malls, airports), with centimeter-level accuracy while maintaining location privacy.

The Find-It use case helps users find missing items such as keys, asset tracking and compliance monitoring in smart factories or to easily find acquaintances in crowded areas.

The third target application is a Smart Remote Control to seamlessly control connected devices in the home and factory, like televisions, lights, or thermostats, through simple point-and-trigger interactions from a smartphone or smartwatch.

“Ceva’s latest generation UWB IP addresses the increasing adoption of UWB in consumer and industrial multi-mode wireless IoT devices,” said Tal Shalev, Vice President and General Manager, Wireless IoT Business Unit at Ceva. “With time-to-market in mind, our customers value our comprehensive Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and UWB IP portfolio, and the system experience behind that. With a complete MAC and PHY FiRa 2.0 grade UWB IP, tested against the Rohde & Schwarz CMP200 Validated Test Tool, our customers can confidently develop next-generation UWB-enabled devices to meet the most demanding use cases in a wide range of applications from the smart home and factory to automotive, retail and healthcare.”

“Our FiRa 2.0 Validated R&S CMP200 radio communication tester is invaluable for ensuring compliance and inter-operability” said Christoph Pointner, Senior Vice President of Mobile Radio Testers at Rohde & Schwarz. “We are delighted to support and work closely with a leading UWB IP provider like Ceva on the FiRa 2.0 PCTT testing of their RivieraWaves IP.”

A companion MAC design is also available for CCC Digital Key 3.0 applications, and for Radar/CPD applications to integrate UWB into next generation ICs for mobile, automotive, consumer and industrial.

Ceva technical experts will be available to discuss its UWB solutions and its wider Wireless IoT portfolio at MWC Barcelona this week.

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