CEVA’s RivieraWaves Wi-Fi 6 IP platform has become the world’s first Wi-Fi IP to achieve Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 Status from the Wi-Fi Alliance. The company said that it had already licensed Wi-Fi 6 IPs to multiple semiconductor companies and OEMs for upcoming products. “This certification provides our customers with a low risk path to integrating Wi-Fi 6 connectivity into their chip designs,” said Ange Aznar, GM of Wireless IoT at CEVA.
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 certification program is based on the IEEE 802.11ax standard and represents the most demanding category of Wi-Fi standards: It is given to products and networks that provide the highest data rates, increased capacity, ability to run environments with many connected devices, improved power efficiency and to deliver exceptional end user experiences and wireless stability.
More than 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands – Combined
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 is also extended to the 6GHz band, beyond the features and capabilities of regular Wi-Fi 6. It can utilize up to 14 additional 80MHz channels or 7 additional super-wide 160MHz channels in 6GHz for applications such as high-definition video streaming and virtual reality. In general, it brings almost 5 times of spectrum more than the current 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands – combined.
CEVA offers a complete suite of Wi-Fi 6 IPs, spanning 1×1 20MHz for low power IoT devices through to MIMO 80/160MHz Wi-Fi 6 and 6E for high end products such as smartphones, smart TVs, access points and wireless infrastructure. Its RivieraWaves Wi-Fi IP family embeds the Wi-Fi connectivity into SoCs/ASSPs, for vast array of consumer devices including smartphones, tablets, cameras and smart home products.
It can also be used in a standalone single chip or integrated into a bigger System on Chip (SoC) such as application processor, baseband processor, or multistandard wireless combos. The software protocol stacks can be executed on any processor such as ARM, RISC-V, ARC, Andes and others.
For CEVA, COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity: The need for remote control and communications push sales and bring new costumers. Total revenue for the second quarter of 2020 was $23.6 million, a 28% increase compared to the second quarter of 2019. “Our licensing activities continue to expand, and we are experiencing strong interest in particular for our 5G, Wi-Fi 6 and sensing technologies,” said the CEO Gideon Wertheizer in May 2020.
Earlier this month it announced what it calls “a monumental milestone”: CEVA-Dragonfly NB2 turnkey solution for NB-IoT IP had received full certification from Deutsche Telekom. This is the first and the only licensable NB-IoT IP to receive DT’s full certification. Uday Patil, Head of IoT Devices at Deutsche Telekom said: DT anticipates that licensees can reduce time-to-market and development costs for a successful deployment.”