Overview

BluebudTM is a self-contained, feature-rich IP platform to streamline the development of True Wireless Stereo (TWS) earbuds and other advanced wireless audio devices including headsets, speakers, smartwatches and smart glasses. It is a unique, pre-integrated hardware and software solution built around the popular and proven RivieraWaves™ Bluetooth IP and CEVA-BX1 audio processor, together with all the required peripherals for wireless audio, in a compact low power design. Bluebud offers a simplified design architecture by using a single CEVA-BX1 processor with advanced DSP and control capabilities, that is far easier to embed into an SoC compared to alternative architectures using multiple (2-4) heterogeneous processing cores.

The software framework running on the CEVA-BX1 includes the CEVA Bluetooth protocol stack, supporting both Classic Audio and LE Audio, a comprehensive list of audio CODECs including SBC, mSBC, AAC, MP3 and LC3 to name a few, all integrated in an RTOS with a reference application and exposing an extensive API that enables customer differentiation.

The platform adopts an ideal balance of hardware and software to address the deeply embedded challenges of true wireless stereo (TWS) scenarios, providing minimum jitter/latency between left and right earbuds, for both voice calls and music streaming. The low latency between RF and audio output ensures seamless audio/video sync and makes Bluebud suitable for videos and gaming. The low power consumption makes Bluebud not only ideal for TWS earbuds and wearables, but also for hearing aid devices.

The Bluebud platform can be extended with CEVA add-on software plugins including:

  • ClearVox for multi microphone noise reduction and acoustic echo cancellation
  • WhisPro for voice trigger, commands and biometrics
  • MotionEngine Hear for user control via tap and double tap, head tracking, in ear detection, activity classification
  • 3D audio
  • 3rd party software based on customer requirements

These plugins are integrated via CEVA’s SenslinQ software framework, which allows the customer to focus on application development and simplifies design effort.

Benefits

The Bluebud turnkey hardware and software IP platform streamlines the development of complex SoC for TWS earbuds and other wireless audio devices

Fast time to market complete HW/SW solution for TWS earbuds
Tight left/right earbuds sync with extremely low jitter
Extensible with add-on software plugins by CEVA, partners, and customers

Main Features

  • Supporting Bluetooth 5.2 with both Classic Audio and LE Audio
  • Classic Audio support
    • HFP profile for voice call, including CVSD and mSBC codecv
    • A2DP profile for music streaming, including SBC, AAC and MP3 codec
  • LE Audio support
    • Audio profiles for voice call and music streaming, including LC3 codec
    • Audio Sharing
  • Robust true wireless stereo connectivity for both voice calls and music streaming
  • Seamless bud-to-bud role-switching
  • Easy and fast pairing
  • Multi-source
  • ClearVox: best in class noise reduction and acoustic echo cancellation
  • WhisPro: high performance voice trigger & voice command
  • MotionEngine Hear: motion sensing

Block Diagram

Bluebud customer application / Extensions

CEVA True Wireless Earbuds

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