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SIG Qualification for Bluetooth 5.1 Low Energy IP

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Licensor of signal processing platforms and artificial intelligence processors for smarter, connected devices, CEVA, has announced that it has completed qualification testing of its RivieraWaves Bluetooth 5.1 Low Energy IP using the Ellisys Bluetooth Qualifier (EBQ) compliance tester.

“With more than a dozen licensees already for our Bluetooth 5.1 low energy and dual mode IPs, we’re proud to continue to lead the industry for Bluetooth IP,” said Ange Aznar, Vice President and General Manager of the Wireless IoT Business Unit at CEVA. “Achieving SIG qualification is an important step to ensuring our customers receive quality, compliant Bluetooth IP and this process is simplified and efficient thanks to Ellisys’ Bluetooth Compliance Tester platform.”

“To properly enable the release schedules of early adopters, we must have the EBQ fully prepared to test and qualify devices and IP even before a new core specification is released,” said Mario Pasquali, President and CEO at Ellisys. “CEVA is consistently one of the first developers to utilize the EBQ system when new features are released in these specifications, and we’re pleased to have collaborated with them in their successful effort to achieve Bluetooth SIG qualification for their RivieraWaves Bluetooth 5.1 low energy IP.”

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 Bluetooth 5.1 features are supported, including Direction Finding (AoA/AoD), Randomized Advertising Channel Indexing, Periodic Advertising Sync Transfer, GATT Caching and other enhancements.

With more than 1.5 billion devices shipped to date and dozens of licensees, the RivieraWaves Bluetooth IP is widely deployed in consumer and IoT devices with many of the world’s leading semiconductors companies and OEMs, including smartphones, tablets, wireless speakers, wireless headsets and earbuds, hearing aids and other wearables.

The Ellisys EBQ Advanced Bluetooth Qualification System is mission-critical equipment for the Bluetooth industry, ensuring the highest quality standards for radio controllers by testing stringent corner-cases of link, baseband, and HCI layers.

Validated by the Bluetooth Test and Interoperability (BTI) workgroup, the tester includes a powerful, purpose-built hardware platform and a suite of more than 1000 extensively verified tests covering BR/EDR and Bluetooth Low Energy radios specified under Bluetooth 4.0, 4.1, 4.2, 5, and 5.1, as well as prototyping specifications.

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