Ambiq Micro Licenses CEVA’s Bluetooth Low Energy IP for Next-Generation SPOT Platforms

March 11 2020, 00:10
CEVA announced that Ambiq Micro has licensed CEVA’s RivieraWaves Bluetooth low energy IP for use in its next-generation Subthreshold Power-Optimized Technology (SPOT) platforms integrating Bluetooth connectivity. CEVA’s Bluetooth low energy (BLE) IP is already powering Ambiq Micro’s Apollo3 Blue Family Wireless System-on-Chip (SoC), used in applications requiring intelligence everywhere, from wearables to animal trackers to smart home devices.

The Apollo3 Blue family of SoC solutions from Ambiq Micro represent a quantum leap forward in ultra-low power design. With unrivaled power numbers in both active and sleep modes, along with a high-performance processing engine, Apollo3 Blue devices provide one of the most efficient processing solutions on the market for wearables and any miniaturized device with voice recognition. For connectivity, Apollo3 Blue products integrate an energy-efficient Bluetooth 5 low-energy radio combined with improved communication features to enable always-connected, ultra-low power designs. At the heart of all Apollo3 products is Ambiq Micro’s patented Subthreshold Power Optimized Technology (SPOT). SPOT dramatically reduces energy consumption while still enabling abundant application processing power to add greater capability and extended life to battery-operated devices, including hearables, wearables, IoT endpoint devices, and voice-controlled applications. 

“Ambiq Micro is pleased to partner with CEVA and integrate their BLE connectivity solutions into our next generation SPOT-based wireless SoCs,” says Dan Cermak, Executive Director of Architecture and Product Planning at Ambiq Micro. “CEVA’s commitment to developing the lowest-power wireless connectivity solutions perfectly complements our strategy and is evident in the success of our Apollo3 Blue and Apollo3 Blue Plus wireless SoC, which has shipped in high volume products to date. We look forward to continuing our collaboration for our future SPOT-based wireless SoCs.”
Apollo3 Blue Plus evaluation board. 

“We are delighted to announce Ambiq Micro as a licensee for our Bluetooth low energy IP,” says Ange Aznar, Vice President and General Manager of the Wireless IoT Business Unit at CEVA. “Ambiq Micro is widely-renowned for its incredibly energy-efficient SPOT platforms, and our RivieraWaves BLE IP is ideal for providing robust and reliable connectivity in their Apollo Blue family of SoCs.”

CEVA’s RivieraWaves Bluetooth IP platforms provide comprehensive solutions for both Bluetooth LE and Bluetooth dual mode connectivity. Each platform consists of a hardware baseband controller, plus a feature-rich software protocol stack. A flexible radio interface allows the platforms to be deployed with either RivieraWaves RF or various partners’ RF IP, enabling optimal selection of foundry and process node. All the latest features of Bluetooth are supported, including Isochronous Channels for LE Audio, Direction Finding (AoA/AoD), Randomized Advertising Channel Indexing, Periodic Advertising Sync Transfer, GATT Caching and other enhancements.
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