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CEVA Unveils Wi-Fi IP Platforms to Enable a Broad Range of Connected Devices

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 11, 2015 – CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CEVA), the leading licensor of DSP and IP platforms for cellular, multimedia and connectivity, today unveiled its RivieraWaves Wi-Fi IP platforms addressing the growing need to integrate Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac into a new class of System-on-Chips (SoCs) targeting a broad range of connected devices that comprise the Internet of Things (IoT). The RivieraWaves Wi-Fi IP platforms support a host of advanced features, including Beam Forming, Multi-User MIMO (Wave 2), Space-Time Block Code (STBC), Low Density Parity Check (LDPC), Dynamic Bandwidth Management, Wi-Fi Direct and WAPI.

Each of the RivieraWaves Wi-Fi platforms is specifically tailored to address differing market requirements:

  • RivieraWaves Sense – the industry’s smallest footprint and lowest power 802.11n (802.11ah on the horizon) Wi-Fi IP targeting wearables, medical, wireless audio and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Leveraging on RivieraWaves low power design methodology, RivieraWaves Sense enabled devices are capable of operating for years on a single AA battery.


  • RivieraWaves Surf – high bandwidth 802.11ac 1×1 and 2×2 Wi-Fi IPs aimed at a vast array of smart consumer devices including smartphones, tablets, the smart home, surveillance cameras and more. Leveraging RivieraWaves Surf, customers can design a complete 802.11ac 1×1 solution that consumes less power than any Wi-Fi 802.11n solution from competition.


  • RivieraWaves Stream – highest performance 802.11ac up to 4×4, addressing the most advanced use cases including access points, media gateways and Wi-Fi offload in small cells. Enabled by the processing power of the CEVA-XC DSP, RivieraWaves Stream is scalable to address up to several hundreds of users and offers a unified platform for co-existence with LTE/LTE-A cellular networks. RivieraWaves Stream allows customers to design a complete 802.11ac 4×4 solution that consumes less than 3.5W peak including RF and PA.

Aviv Malinovitch, vice president and general manager of CEVA’s Connectivity business unit, stated: “Our RivieraWaves Wi-Fi IPs substantially reduce the entry barrier for customers requiring leading-edge 802.11 connectivity in their SoC designs. We have already signed up customers for all three platforms, taking advantage of our hardware and software integration and system expertize to develop low power Wi-Fi enabled products, quickly and efficiently.”

Each of the RivieraWaves Wi-Fi platforms incorporates the Upper MAC (UMAC), Lower MAC (LMAC) and PHY modem functions. For ease of deployment, the UMAC and LMAC software stacks are processor and operating system agnostic. The modem can be provided either as a hardwired function or as a software defined modem (SDM). The hardwired modem implementation is fully optimized for minimal die area and extremely low power consumption, resulting in a truly cost-effective Wi-Fi solution for any connected device.  The software defined modem flavor provides the extra flexibility required in some multi-protocol connected devices and leverages the comprehensive portfolio of CEVA DSP cores and software to create an application-specific solution matched to the customer’s requirements.

The RivieraWaves Wi-Fi platforms incorporate a flexible RF interface to accommodate each customer’s selected RF solution. In addition, CEVA has partnered with RF IP providers including, Catena, Maxscend and others to offer low power RF solutions that are fully validated with the Wi-Fi platforms. These RF IPs are available in a number of different foundries and process nodes, offering customers a broad choice of RF options for their specific requirements.

For customers also requiring Bluetooth connectivity, RivieraWaves Bluetooth 4.2 IP can be seamlessly integrated, along with a smart co-existence interface which handles Wi-Fi/Bluetooth traffic arbitration to avoid interference, further simplifying the overall system design.

For more information on RivieraWaves Wi-Fi IP platforms, go to launch.ceva-dsp.com/wi-fi

About CEVA, Inc.

CEVA is the leading licensor of cellular, multimedia and connectivity technologies to semiconductor companies and OEMs serving the mobile, consumer, automotive and IoT markets. Our DSP IP portfolio includes comprehensive platforms for multimode 2G/3G/LTE/LTE-A baseband processing in terminals and infrastructure, computer vision and computational photography for any camera-enabled device, audio/voice/speech and ultra-low power always-on/sensing applications for multiple IoT markets. For connectivity, we offer the industry’s most widely adopted IPs for Bluetooth (Smart and Smart Ready), Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac up to 4×4) and serial storage (SATA and SAS). One in every three phones sold worldwide is powered by CEVA, from many of the world’s leading OEMs including Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, Lenovo, HTC, LG, Coolpad, ZTE, Micromax and Meizu. Visit us at www.ceva-dsp.com and follow us on Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.

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