The RivieraWaves™ Wi-Fi IP family is a comprehensive suite of IPs and platforms for embedding Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) or 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) into SoC/ASSP. Together with the Bluetooth IP family – both Bluetooth Low Energy and Bluetooth dual mode versions ­– the Wi-Fi IP family forms part of CEVA’s popular and production-proven RivieraWaves Wireless Connectivity portfolio.

Each RivieraWaves Wi-Fi solution incorporates PHY modem functions and MAC functions, including Lower MAC (LMAC) and Full MAC software protocol stacks. The IP is provided with an integration-ready processor and operating-system- agnostic platform, simplifying deployment in SoC/ASSP designs. An optimized Wi-Fi & Bluetooth coexistence interface with a Packet Traffic Arbiter is also available for smooth simultaneous operation.

The modem can be either a hardwired function (for minimal die area and extremely low power consumption) or a software-defined modem (SDM) that gives extra flexibility for multi-protocol connected devices. RF partners including CatenaSabertek, and others help address deployment on various foundries and processes.

The RivieraWaves Wi-Fi IP family addresses a broad range of applications and contains a suite of solutions, each optimized for various target products, with a range of configurations. The Wi-Fi family is organized into 3 categories:

  • Wi-Fi Low Power: optimized for small, low cost and low power IoT devices, wearables, medical, low end smartphones and wireless audio, it includes 802.11n 1×1 (Wi-Fi 4) and 802.11ax 1×1 20MHz (Wi-Fi 6) configurations.
  • Wi-Fi High Performance: addressing a vast array of media-sharing consumer devices, including smartphones, tablets, cameras, and smart-home products, it supports configurations such as 802.11n 2×2 (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac 1×1 & 2×2 (Wi-Fi 5), 802.11ax 1×1 & 2×2 (Wi-Fi 6).
  • Wi-Fi Multi-Gig: tailored for advanced products dealing with high data traffic including access points, media gateways, and Wi-Fi offload in small cells, it provides 4×4 configurations of 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) and 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6).


The RivieraWaves Wi-Fi IP family offers designers a choice of small footprint, ultra-low power consumption, high bandwidth, and high performance solutions. Optimized implementations are available that target a broad range of connected devices, including smartphones, wearables, smart-home, consumer & industrial IoT, and automotive applications.

Small footprint allows integration into SoCs/ASSPs
Low power consumption makes it ideal for mobile and wearable applications
Provides an easy-to-integrate, off-the-shelf, market-leading solution

Main Features

  • Full support for 802.11a/b/g/n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) and 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)
  • Optimized solutions to match target application in terms of power, area, performance and flexibility, spanning 1x1, 2x2, 4x4 configurations
  • Supports both 2.4 and 5.0GHz bands
  • Bandwidths up to 80MHz
  • Modulations up to 256QAM (1024QAM for 11ax aka Wi-Fi 6)
  • Throughputs from 1Mbps up to Multi-Gbps
  • Supports OFDMA (11ax aka Wi-Fi 6) and MU-MIMO
  • Wi-Fi & Bluetooth coexistence interface

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The IEEE’s next-generation 802.11ax Wi-Fi specifications are more than a year from ratification, but (as usual) several wireless-chip vendors have already announced pre-standard products.