Based upon the industry’s most widely adopted Vector DSP architecture, the CEVA-XC5 DSP vector processor offers the performance, area savings and power efficiency that system designers demand when implementing a broad range of IoT and M2M communication standards.

The CEVA-XC5 combines highly powerful vector capabilities alongside a general computation engine to deliver industry-leading performance and exemplary power efficiency for even the most cost, power and die size constrained devices. It is ideal for applications where the latest LTE Cat-1 or Cat-M1 standards are used concurrently with Wi-Fi 802.11n, PLC, 802.15.4g, ZigBee/Thread, GNSS or any other emerging IoT communications standard (including NB-IoT, LPWAN, or Wi-Fi 802.11ah).

Low-power operation is achieved with the Power Scaling Unit (PSU) that allows the CEVA-XC5 to take advantage of new Cat-M1/NB1 features such as Power Saving Mode (PSM) and extended DRX to further reduce power.

The CEVA-XC5 can address a wide range of applications including wear alone wearables, smart grid, surveillance systems, asset tracking, remote monitoring systems, connected cars and smart utilities.

The CEVA-XC5 offers powerful SW flexibility to highly complex HW accelerators such as CSI processing required in power and cost efficient Gigabit LTE and 5G eMBB UE.



The CEVA-XC5 DSP is 40% smaller than the previous generation CEVA-XC323 processor and achieves up to 70% lower dynamic power consumption. The complete memory subsystem includes tightly coupled memories (TCM), caches, AXI system interfaces, APB interface, advanced DMA controller, message queues, emulation and profiling modules and ensures easy integration and optimal performance in target SoCs

40% smaller than the previous generation CEVA-XC323
70% lower dynamic power consumption
Supports modem design with minimal hardware requirements

Main Features

  • Fully programmable DSP processor architecture
  • Extremely powerful computation capabilities
  • Scalable and configurable architecture
  • Innovative second generation power scaling unit
  • Complete memory subsystem

Block Diagram

CEVA-XC5 Block Diagram

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