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Ceva catches RivieraWaves to scale IP connectivity market

Posted: 10 Jul 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IP  Bluetooth  Wi-Fi  Ceva  RivieraWaves 

Competition

Asked about the competition on the connectivity IP market, he stresses the difficulty of implementing wireless technologies either in hardware or software. "It's complicated. It ultimately requires system-level understanding," he says.

As a result, according to him, there are "only a few players in the connectivity IP market." However, he adds that Ceva sees Imagination Technologies as its main rival. Imagination late last year announced a Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and FM combo IP in one configurable solution called Ensigma.

Even before the RivieraWaves' acquisition, Ceva wasn't oblivious to its customers' demand for wireless connectivity solutions. As for WiFi, Ceva has worked with Antcor S.A. in Greece, which provides software base band IP for the communications and connectivity chip industry. "We are still working with Antcor, and a few of our customers are using Antcor's software 802.11ac Wi-Fi IPs," says Ceva's CEO. "The company still remains in our eco-system."

For Bluetooth, Ceva has had an internal team working on it. Earlier this year, at the Linley Mobile Conference, Ceva pitched its TeakLite-4 DSP v2 architecture, with 50 new instruction sets, saying it now can handle Bluetooth connectivity (Classic or Low Energy). At that time, Ceva explained that the connectivity enhances the same single DSP core running other functions, including audio and voice software packages, always-on user interface (UI) functions, and a full suite of sensor-fusion capabilities.

Werthiezer says RivieraWaves' Bluetooth solution, focused on Bluetooth Low Energy, complements Ceva's own Bluetooth development, whose activities are centred on the "dual mode" of Bluetooth Classic and Low Energy. "We can offer choices to our customers," he adds. Over time, these separate Bluetooth activities will merge, he says.

Beyond 802.11ac and Bluetooth Low Energy, RivieraWaves' wireless connectivity IP development activities include 802.11ah (using sub 1GHz license-exempt bands to provide extended-range Wi-Fi networks), 802.11p (vehicle-to-vehicle communication for automotive), and future versions of Bluetooth.

- Junko Yoshida
  EE Times


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