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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

SiFlower uses CEVA 802.11ac in Chinese Smart Home Access Point chip

By Nick Flaherty

Despite the move to rebranding WiFi generations, Chinese chip maker SiFlower Communication Technology is using the RivieraWaves RW-11AC Wi-Fi IP cost-effective access point system on chip (SoC).
SiFlower’s SF16A18 is a highly integrated single chip that combines the RW-11AC IP with a dual-core CPU and rich suite of interfaces (Ethernet, GMAC, USB, SD, IIS), creating an optimal platform for intelligent routers / access points, smart home gateways and smart speakers.

“Highly integrated and optimized Wi-Fi solutions are the key to opening the mass Smart Home market,” said Albert Lee, CEO of SiFlower. “We are proud of the solution we have created in the SF16A18, and CEVA’s RW-11AC Wi-Fi IP along with their engineering excellence and technical support have been instrumental in our success.”

“We are delighted to announce SiFlower as a licensee for our Wi-Fi IP,” said Aviv Malinovitch, vice president and general manager of the Connectivity Business Unit at CEVA. “The SF16A18 is a leading example of the next-generation of fully-integrated and differentiated Wi-Fi enabled SoCs that are available at a very cost-effective price point.”

CEVA’s RivieraWaves Wi-Fi IP family offers a comprehensive suite of platforms for embedding Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax into SoCs/ASSPs. Optimized implementations are available targeting a broad range of connected devices, including smartphones, wearables, consumer electronics, smart home, industrial and automotive applications. CEVA also offers RISC-V based fully integrated platforms. 

Shanghai SiFlower Communication Technology was formally incorporated in 2014 and is headquartered in Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, Pudong, Shanghai, developing deciecs for the Internet of Things (IoT). 

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