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Date: 08-12-16

Bluetooth 5, the new diffrentiator for IoT SoCs

The new Bluetooth 5 can now power the handsets, wearables, and more specifically IoT devices with longer range, higher data speeds, and the specs redesigned for IoT products such as Smart home devices.

For chip developers, this is now a time to integrate Bluetooth 5 supporting transceiver silicon inside their chips. The leading silicon IP vendor CEVA released its RivieraWaves Bluetooth 5 IP. CEVA said Bluetooth 5 is a significant upgrade over prior Bluetooth standards, offering both improved features for existing use cases and breakout features to open up exciting new IoT applications for the smart environment.

Katy Scheck, Director of Marketing at the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, commented: "We're excited to see companies like CEVA leverage the latest Bluetooth 5 technology that will deliver more capabilities and open more possibilities for companies and developers to bring about an accessible, interoperable Internet of Things. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group looks forward to continuing to collaborate closely with our member companies like CEVA to evolve our technology roadmap."

CEVA, incorporating RivieraWaves, is the leading IP vendor providing solutions for Bluetooth low energy and Bluetooth dual mode, with a long pedigree stretching back more than fifteen years. With dozens of customers and numerous products in mass production, CEVA Bluetooth IP has shipped in more than a billion devices to date. With Bluetooth 5, CEVA remains at the forefront, with multiple licensees already engaged and customer silicon in hand.

Aviv Malinovitch, vice president and general manager of CEVA's Connectivity business unit, stated: "We congratulate the Bluetooth SIG on the release of the Bluetooth 5 specification and we are confident that this is a major milestone in the evolution of Bluetooth. The enhancements and new features that the Bluetooth SIG has incorporated into Bluetooth 5 positions this standard well to increase its footprint in the smart home, the smart city and beyond. We continue to see excellent traction for our Bluetooth IP with both semiconductor companies and OEMs and we're anticipating rapid adoption of the Bluetooth 5 standard by the market."

Features: The RivieraWaves Bluetooth IP platforms consist of a hardware baseband controller, a digital modem, and software protocol stack. For Bluetooth low energy, this protocol stack encompasses the Link Layer up to the GAP/GATT plus a comprehensive set of Services and Profiles. For Bluetooth dual mode, this protocol stack presents an industry standard HCI interface. A flexible radio interface allows the platform to be deployed with either one of the RivieraWaves RF IPs or various partners' RF IPs, enabling optimal selection of foundry and process node.

For more information on RivieraWaves Bluetooth IP platforms, go to http://www.ceva-dsp.com/RivieraWaves-Bluetooth-Platforms.

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