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CEVA Extends its IP Platforms for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi with RISC-V

Montag, 26.02.2018 07:05 von PR Newswire

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BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Mobile World Congress - CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CEVA), the leading licensor of signal processing platforms and artificial intelligence processors for smarter, connected devices, today announced that its market-leading RivieraWaves Bluetooth and Wi-Fi intellectual property (IP) platforms are now offered with an optional integrated open-source RISC-V MCU.

Rick O'Connor, executive director of the non-profit RISC-V Foundation, commented: "RISC-V continues to gain strong traction in the IoT space, where its code density, performance and power characteristics are ideally suited. Having a leading IP vendor such as CEVA providing Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity solutions for RISC-V is a further boost to our ecosystem."

CEVA's RivieraWaves family offers a comprehensive suite of IPs and platforms for embedding Bluetooth (both low energy and dual mode) and Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax into SoCs/ASSPs. Within these SoCs, the protocol software executes on the customer's choice of embedded processor. CEVA's latest RivieraWaves platforms are the first to offer Bluetooth and Wi-Fi IP solutions integrated with a RISC-V sub-system, including a comprehensive set of peripheral IP. These integration-ready system solutions are ideal for those customers seeking freedom from standard 3rd party processor architectures.

The RISC-V processor implementation is perfectly matched to typical IoT device requirements in terms of performance and die cost, with a Coremark/MHz figure of 2.44 in a gate count of under 20Kgates. Blending perfectly with the low power architecture of the RivieraWaves IP, the RISC-V based Bluetooth platforms offer the industry's lowest clock frequency and most power efficient Bluetooth low energy and Bluetooth dual mode solutions. For heavier data loads, the RivieraWaves Wi-Fi RISC-V platforms are the world's smallest fully-integrated solutions, and scale from basic 1x1-11b-1Mbps up to 2x2-11ac/ax MU-MIMO-1201Mbps. These pre-integrated RISC-V based platforms significantly reduce the development time and bill-of-materials for CEVA's customers, allowing for rapid product development and market introduction.

"Commercial freedom coupled with the ability to innovate are key aspects of RISC-V, which resonate with our customers," said Aviv Malinovitch, vice president and general manager of the Connectivity Business Unit at CEVA. "We have seen RISC-V quickly evolve from an exciting concept into an impressive alternative to mainstream embedded processors, especially for communication subsystems. By offering RISC-V implementations of our RivieraWaves Bluetooth and Wi-Fi solutions, we have further extended the processor options for our customers, providing them a highly attractive alternative for their product designs."

The RISC-V processor is compliant with the RV32IMC 32-bit ISA, supporting compressed instructions and integer multiplication/division. Coupled with the popular compiler/debugger toolchains such as GNU GCC/GDB and LLVM, and with growing support from major tool vendors including Lauterbach, the RISC-V processor presents a familiar and efficient software development environment for embedded developers.

With more than 1.5 billion devices shipped to date and dozens of licensees, the RivieraWaves Bluetooth and Wi-Fi IP is widely deployed in consumer and IoT devices with many of the world's leading semiconductor companies and OEMs. Optimized implementations are available targeting a broad range of connected devices, including smartphones, tablets, speakers, headsets and earbuds, hearing aids and other wearables, consumer electronics, smart home, industrial and automotive applications. For more information, visit

About CEVA, Inc.
CEVA is the leading licensor of signal processing platforms and artificial intelligence processors for a smarter, connected world. We partner with semiconductor companies and OEMs worldwide to create power-efficient, intelligent and connected devices for a range of end markets, including mobile, consumer, automotive, industrial and IoT. Our ultra-low-power IPs for vision, audio, communications and connectivity include comprehensive DSP-based platforms for LTE/LTE-A/5G baseband processing in handsets, infrastructure and machine-to-machine devices, advanced imaging and computer vision for any camera-enabled device, audio/voice/speech and ultra-low power always-on/sensing applications for multiple IoT markets. For artificial intelligence, we offer a family of AI processors capable of handling the complete gamut of neural network workloads, on-device. For connectivity, we offer the industry's most widely adopted IPs for Bluetooth (low energy and dual mode) and Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax up to 4x4). Visit us at and follow us on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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