CEVA Accelerates Machine-to-Machine System Design with Communication Reference Platform

CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CEVA), the leading licensor of signal processing IPs for smarter, connected devices, has introduced the Dragonflyâ„¢ reference platform to accelerate the design of low-data-rate machine-to-machine (M2M) and IoT communication applications, including standalone wearables, smart grid, surveillance systems, asset tracking, remote monitoring systems, connected cars and smart utilities, the company said.

The Dragonfly multifunction platform is enabled by the recently announced CEVA-XC5 and CEVA-XC8 DSP cores and accompanied by the hardware and software components required to rapidly design machine-type communications (MTC) systems. The platform supports existing and emerging LTE MTC releases, LPWAN standards (e.g. LoRa, SiGFox, Ingenu), in addition to Wi-Fi, GPS or any other IoT-related communications standard set to be deployed for M2M communication.

At Mobile World Congress 2016, CEVA will demonstrate the Dragonfly reference platform running LTE Cat-0 and GPS concurrently on its silicon-based development platform together with test and measurement equipment from Keysight Technologies and a GNSS Simulator from Galileo Satellite Navigation. Mobile World Congress takes place in Barcelona, Spain from February 22-25. CEVA is located in Hall 6, Stand A50.

Dragonfly offers system developers a flexible platform that allows for optimal hardware/software system partitioning, combining a low power vector communication DSP with a range of hardware co-processors. Such partitioning enables the software flexibility essential for upgradability and long service life of typical M2M devices, while delivering the power efficiency required to support extended battery life of up to ten years.

As an example, for CEVA licensees developing M2M systems incorporating LTE Cat-1 or Cat-0 today, these systems can be easily upgraded to support LTE Cat-M or other future standards when available. The DSP can also be used to implement proprietary features for specific device use cases, such as seamless indoor and outdoor positioning concurrently with Wi-Fi 802.11n or LTE Cat-0, in a highly efficient manner.

The Dragonfly reference platform includes the vector communications DSP and all the required co-processors and interfaces, together with software application layers and libraries, RTOS and drivers for MTC systems design. These hardware and software components are available for LTE MTC, Wi-Fi and GNSS standards. Also included is a 500MHz silicon-based development system that includes all of these components together with RF frontends and a host interface. For more information, visit www.ceva-dsp.com/dragonfly.

CEVA is a licensor of signal processing IP for a smarter, connected world.