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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Single chip Bluetooth 5 transceiver for IoT

By Nick Flaherty

InPlay Technologies has licensed and deployed CEVA's RivieraWaves Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) IP in its latest SwiftRadio SoC.

The 55nm single chip is aimed at wearables, healthcare, industrial, VR/AR and the internet of things (IoT) with the mature RW-BLE5 IP from CEVA together with InPlay's ultra-low power RF and its proprietary multi-mode collaborative protocols providing Rx sensitivity of -97.5dBm and sleep current as low as 500nA.

The SoC integrates a high-performance Arm Cortex-M4F microprocessor and subsystem with a floating-point processing unit, 256KB ROM and 64KB SRAM, and peripherals such as I2C, UART, SPI, I2S, PDM, PWM and keyboard controllers. It also has built-in hardware security engines such as AES256, SHA256 and ECC256 and supports authenticated secure boot.

"The SwiftRadio IN6xx enables a paradigm shift in the Bluetooth Low Energy based wireless applications, opening up incredible new opportunities and use cases for this technology," said Jason Wu, CEO of InPlay. "Our extensive mixed signal and RF design expertise along with the low power architecture of CEVA's RW-BLE5 IP and the advanced process technology from UMC has allowed us to deliver a best-in-class product for this burgeoning market."

"UMC has developed a deep portfolio of specialty process technologies engineered to serve the fast-growing market for IoT, AI, Auto & Smartphone products, including sophisticated low power solutions that integrate embedded flash technology," said Steven Liu, vice president of Corporate Marketing division at UMC. "We are pleased to partner with InPlay to enable the innovative features of their SwiftRadio SoC, which utilizes our 55nm ultra Low Power (uLP) embedded flash platform to address uLP market needs of portable products that require extended battery life while maintaining high performance."

"We are delighted to announce InPlay as a licensee for our Bluetooth 5 IP," said Aviv Malinovitch, vice president and general manager of the Connectivity Business Unit at CEVA. "We look forward to seeing the SwiftRadio products in the market, ensuring exceptional performance for power- and price-sensitive wireless IoT devices."

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