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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

ARC EM processor in full NB-IoT design

By Nick Flaherty

Design tool supplier Synopsys has teamed up with Palma Ceia SemiDesign to develop a full hardware/software design for LTE Cat NB1/NB2 IoT.

The design combines Palma Ceia's RF transceiver IP with Synopsys' DesignWare ARC EM9D Processor IP to deliver a complete low-power NB-IoT IP solution for both standalone or embedded modems. The collaboration provides designers with a ready-to-use NB-IoT solution, conforming to the latest LTE Release 14 standard and proven in 40nm process technology.

"NB-IoT is enabling the next wave of IoT connected devices that require lower energy consumption and higher system capacity," said Kevin Walsh, vice president of strategic marketing at Palma Ceia. "By collaborating with Synopsys to deliver a complete, integrated NB-IoT solution consisting of our RF IP in Synopsys' NB-IoT platform, we are enabling the design community to accelerate the integration of NB-IoT into their SoCs with less risk."

The NB-IoT modem solution includes the ultra-low power ARC EM9D processor, which combines RISC and DSP capabilities for a flexible architecture that can be quickly adapted for rapidly changing wireless standards. The EM9D's zero-latency XY memory architecture takes advantage of instruction level parallelism and single-cycle 16+16 MAC operations to deliver power-efficient data processing. The ARC EM9D processor is supported by the MetaWare Toolkit, which includes a rich library of DSP functions, allowing software engineers to rapidly implement algorithms from standard DSP building blocks.

The Palma Ceia LTE Cat NB1/NB2 Release 14 RF transceiver performs across all possible frequency bands for NB-IoT, including high band (1695 MHz to 2200 MHz) and low band (699 MHz to 960 MHz). The wide range of operation supports any band required for regions controlled by different network operators. Palma Ceia's RF transceiver IP is fully characterized in 40-nm processes.

"Wireless standards are evolving rapidly, driving the need for complete solutions to meet current LTE requirements while adapting to future 5G standards," said John Koeter, vice president of marketing for IP at Synopsys. "The combination of our ARC EM9D processor with Palma Ceia's RF transceiver will enable designers to implement a complete, low-power NB-IoT solution, accelerating time to market and reducing cost and risk."

Synopsys' DesignWare ARC EM9D processor is available now from Synopsys
PCS's LTE Cat NB1/NB2 Release 14 RF transceiver is available now from Palma Ceia SemiDesign

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