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CEVA Accelerates Machine-to-Machine System Design with Communication Reference Platform

CEVA, Inc. has introduced the Dragonfly reference platform to accelerate the design of low-data-rate machine-to-machine (M2M) and IoT communication applications, including standalone wearables, smart grid, surveillance systems, asset tracking, remote monitoring systems, connected cars and smart utilities.

The Dragonfly multifunction platform is enabled by the recently announcedCEVA-XC5andCEVA-XC8DSP cores and accompanied by the hardware and software components required to rapidly design machine-type communications (MTC) systems. The platform supports existing and emerging LTE MTC releases, LPWAN standards (e.g. LoRa, SiGFox, Ingenu), in addition to Wi-Fi, GPS or any other IoT-related communications standard set to be deployed for M2M communication.

Dragonfly offers system developers a flexible platform that allows for optimal hardware/software system partitioning, combining a low power vector communication DSP with a range of hardware co-processors. Such partitioning enables the software flexibility essential for upgradability and long service life of typical M2M devices, while delivering the power efficiency required to support extended battery life of up to ten years.

As an example, for CEVA licensees developing M2M systems incorporating LTE Cat-1 or Cat-0 today, these systems can be easily upgraded to support LTE Cat-M or other future standards when available. The DSP can also be used to implement proprietary features for specific device use cases, such as seamless indoor and outdoor positioning concurrently with Wi-Fi 802.11n or LTE Cat-0, in a highly efficient manner.

Our Dragonfly reference platform brings together all of the essential hardware, software and system integration components required by customers developing low-power machine-type communication solutions, in a highly cost and power efficient manner, said Michael Boukaya, vice president and general manager, Wireless Business Unit at CEVA. We have leveraged our deep expertise in low-power baseband processing and complemented it with a range of software offerings to deliver a platform that is highly customizable and flexible for developing a broad range of IoT and M2M products, quickly and efficiently.

The Dragonfly reference platform includes the vector communications DSP and all the required co-processors and interfaces, together with software application layers and libraries, RTOS and drivers for MTC systems design. These hardware and software components are available for LTE MTC, Wi-Fi and GNSS standards. Also included is a 500MHz silicon-based development system that includes all of these components together with RF frontends and a host interface.

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