Overview

From smartphones to base stations, from machine-to-machine (M2M) communications to utility infrastructure – connected cities, workplaces, homes, and vehicles demand intelligent, scalable solutions for wide area networks.

For the designer, this means building ever-more complex wireless SoCs that combine performance and flexibility with scalability and optimized efficiency. Such challenges require the right balance between hardware and software.

This process can be greatly simplified by choosing modem IP Platforms based on a wide variety of scalar and vectors processors, 5G-NR AI processor, co-processors and hardware accelerator IPs that are optimized for advanced wireless communications applications and that:

  • Support different modes of operation and different communication standards
  • Integrate powerful vector capabilities alongside general computation engines
  • Combine the hardware platform with a wide range of readily available PHY and MAC software IP
  • Are backed by advanced support tools with reference platforms and software development kits

target markets

Wireless Terminals

Smartphones, tablets, and data cards demand support for standards such as 5G-NR (NSA and SA), LTE-A Pro (Gigabit LTE), LTE, HSPA/+, W-CDMA, TD-SCDMA, and legacy GSM/GPRS/EDGE.

IoT and Cellular M2M

IoT devices and M2M comms require multiple wireless communication standards, including LTE Cat-M, NB-IoT, and Wi-Fi.

Remote Radio Heads and Backhaul

The key here is to select DSPs that can provide effective front-end processing, including digital pre-distortion, up/down conversion, and DC offset correction.

Wireless Base Stations

Key design challenges include multi-standard operation and support for scalability from Pico and Metro cells to Cloud RAN, including Wi-Fi offload.

Wireline Modems

G.Fast, DSL, VDSL-2, DOCSIS 3.1 are just some of the standards that IP must handle for wireline modems.

Home Networking

Gateway devices demand single platforms for Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 802.15.4 (including Zigbee and Thread), Bluetooth, and LTE.

CEVA's technology combined with its development tools and engineering support play a key role in LTE deployment.
Dr. Leo Li, president and CEO of Spreadtrum Communications