- CEVA-Dragonfly NB2 IP will accelerate WiSig’s NB-IoT SoC development.
- This will enable the leading Indian mobile networks to enable new cellular IoT use cases.
CEVA, Inc., the leading licensor of wireless connectivity and smart sensing technologies, has announced that WiSig Networks, an incubated company of Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad and a product developer for 5G wireless technology, has licensed the CEVA-Dragonfly NB2 IP solution for the rapid development of a 3GPP Release 14 compliant eNB-IoT System-on-Chip (SoC).
The CEVA-Dragonfly NB2 IP solution is a modular technology, composed of the CEVA-X1 IoT processor, an optimised RF Transceiver, baseband, and a protocol stack to offer a complete Release 14 Cat-NB2 modem IP solution that significantly reduces time-to-market and lowers entry barriers. It is a fully software-configurable solution and can be extended with multi-constellation GNSS and sensor fusion functionality. The IP includes a reference silicon of the complete modem design, including an optional embedded CMOS RF transceiver and PA, an advanced digital front-end, physical layer firmware, and a protocol stack (MAC, RLC, PDCP, RRC, and NAS).
Wide range deployment
The SoC will be deployed in systems and products of a leading Indian mobile network operator to enable a range of services such as asset tracking, home, building and industrial automation, smart grid, agriculture and remote monitoring and control. With nationwide NB-IoT coverage expected to start in India from 2020, more than 2 billion IoT devices are expected to be connected to Indian cellular networks in the forthcoming years.
Dr. Kiran Kuchi, founding director of WiSig Networks, said, “The CEVA-Dragonfly NB2 IP provides us with a proven and comprehensive solution for our eNB-IoT SoC development, allowing us to fast-track our design and reduce the enormous complexities associated with developing cellular technology. We look forward to continued collaboration with CEVA for other cellular IoT and 5G projects targeting the flourishing Indian mobile ecosystem.”
Ange Aznar, Vice President and General Manager of the Wireless IoT Business Unit at CEVA, said, “We’re pleased to see innovative companies like WiSig Networks thrive as we transition into the 5G era. With a strong engineering team and our CEVA-Dragonfly NB2 IP, WiSig is primed to fulfill an important role in the Indian semiconductor industry, delivering a homegrown cellular solution targeting its large mobile market of more than 1 billion subscribers.”