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Sequans licenses Ceva IP for broadband 5G IoT chip

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By Nick Flaherty


French chip designer Sequans Communications has licensed the PentaG 5G radio block from Cevba for the next generation of broadband 5G IoT devices.

“5G transforms and broadens the use of cellular connectivity in applications including Fixed Wireless Access, AR/VR/XR, smart manufacturing, remote medicine and more,” said Bertrand Debray, EVP and GM, Broadband IoT at Sequans in Paris. “Ceva’s PentaG modem IP provides us with a powerful DSP along with a comprehensive set of hardware and software technologies that shorten the design cycle for our upcoming 5G platform and ensure we deliver the industry-leading performance and efficiencies which our customers demand.”

The PentaG architecture contains specialized scalar and vector DSP processors, co-processors, AI processor, accelerators, software and other essential IP blocks, in a highly configurable and modular architecture. The IP supports the full range of embedded 5G use cases, including standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA), mmWave and sub-6 GHz. It also supports LTE-A Pro (Gigabit LTE) and legacy LTE and 3G technologies where Sequans has a strong position with its Monarch and Calliope chips.

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The Ceva IP supports bitrates over 10Gbps and offers a scalable architecture to support all advanced wireless technologies such as Massive-MIMO, beamforming and complex link adaptation schemes for 5G IoT applications. 

“Our unique proposition in DSP and 5G New Radio modem IP streamlines SoC design for cellular incumbents and newcomers addressing the multitude of new applications that 5G NR presents,” said Michael Boukaya, COO of Ceva. “Sequans stands at the forefront of LTE and 5G modem development, with a successful track record of chipsets and modules in the IoT space. We are pleased to partner with them to provide our PentaG 5G modem IP for their next-generation chips and modules, and work towards our common goal of advancing the 5G broadband IoT industry.”

Last week Renesas Electronics launched an LTE Cat-M1 module for IoT applications based on the current Monarch chipset from Sequans that was launched back in 2016 and supports data rates up to 375Kbit/s. Sequans also started sampling its Calliope 2 chip in February this year for cellular IoT applications with data rate higher than 100Kbit/s that cannot be supported by LTE-M or NB-IoT technologies.

The RYZ014A is the first cellular IoT module from Renesas to support the LTE Cat-M1 specification that allows devices to directly connect to the internet without the need for a gateway by relying on the existing communication infrastructure owned by mobile network operators. This is a key step for 5G private networks, which the unnamed new generation chipset will be used for.    

“Building wireless IoT networks around the world can be costly and time consuming,” said Roger Wendelken, Senior Vice President in Renesas’ IoT and Infrastructure Business Unit. “The Renesas RYZ014A module delivers a proven solution from the IoT leader that saves time and money for customers no matter where they are. We have received enthusiastic responses on this solution from customers in metering, smart home, infrastructure and industrial markets, where they can seamlessly interface Renesas MCU-based applications to the Internet through their cellular network of choice.”

https://www.ceva-dsp.com/product/ceva-pentag

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