Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Ceva wifi IP eases connections to Alibaba cloud

Steve Rogerson
July 2, 2019
Californian electronics company Ceva has introduced integrated, licensable wifi IP for companies looking to accelerate the development of IoT devices that connect to the Alibaba cloud.
The turnkey design integrates Ceva's RivieraWaves wifi low-power IP with the Alios Things operating system on a single Risc-V CPU core, providing users with the freedom to focus their development efforts on creating differentiation in the end application.
Alios Things is a light-weight open-source operating system for the IoT designed to connect devices to the Alibaba IoT cloud. It is expected that up to ten billion devices will be connected to the China-based Alibaba cloud by 2023, across many markets including smart home, smart cities and industrial segments. As a result, many semiconductors and device manufacturers are looking to develop end nodes or devices that will help meet this demand.
"Wifi is set to play a critical role in the growth of Alios Things in the coming years, providing a robust, secure standard to connect billions of these devices to the Alibaba cloud," said Ange Aznar, vice president at Ceva. "With wifi technology a scarce expertise in the semiconductor industry, our RivieraWaves Wifi 4 and Wifi 6 IPs pre-integrated with Alios Things on a Risc-V CPU provide an excellent foundation on which to build these IoT devices, reducing the risk, cost and time-to-market."
The RivieraWaves family provides a suite of platforms for embedding Wifi 802.11a/b/g/n (Wifi 4), 802.11ac (Wifi 5) or 802.11ax (Wifi 6) into SoCs and ASSPs. Each RivieraWaves wifi option is comprised of a wifi mac and modem hardware platform and wifi software stack embedded on a processor of the user's choosing – Risc-V, Arm, Ceva DSP or other.
Optimised implementations are available targeting a broad range of connected devices, including smartphones, wearables, consumer electronics, smart home, industrial and automotive applications. Ceva also offers he option of fully hosted system, pre-integrated with popular operating systems including Free RTOS and Alios Things. This allows users to focus their development efforts on the application and cloud connection.
In addition to the RivieraWaves IPs, the company can also provide a host of other connectivity options for IoT devices, including Bluetooth 5.1 dual-mode and low energy and cellular IoT, and DSP and AI processors for sound and vision sensing requirements.
Ceva is a licensor of signal processing platforms and artificial intelligence processors. It partners with semiconductor companies and OEMs worldwide to create power-efficient, intelligent and connected devices for a range of end markets, including mobile, consumer, automotive, industrial and IoT.