CEVA unveiled its Dragonfly reference platform to reduce time-to-market for power and cost-sensitive IoT and M2M devices supporting low-data rate connectivity, including LTE Cat-1, Cat-0, Cat-M and NB-IoT standards. Typical applications include standalone wearables, smart grid, surveillance systems, asset tracking, remote monitoring systems, connected cars and smart utilities.
The 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 (example LoRa, SiGFox, Ingenu), in addition to Wi-Fi, GPS or any other IoT-related communications standard set to be deployed for M2M communication.
The 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.
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.
“Low-data rate LTE is a key building block of machine-type communications and together with CEVA, we are simplifying the process of integrating LTE connectivity into IoT devices,” said Denis Bidinost, Chief Executive Officer of NextG-Com. “Our ALPSLite protocol stack is the industry’s first 3GPP Cat-0 stack specifically designed for IoT applications and our optimised implementation for the Dragonfly platform leads the industry in terms of power efficiency and reliability.”
“Accurate positioning, both indoor and outdoor, will be a fundamental component of many M2M applications and our CellNav technology delivers this accuracy utilizing the existing LTE network infrastructure,” said Rabih Chrabieh, CEO of Nestwave. “Using the CEVA Dragonfly platform, customers can integrate CellNav into their MTC product designs, enabling reliable location tracking in devices that can last years in the field on a single battery.”