Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Atmosic hopes to eliminate batteries for IoT devices

Steve Rogerson
December 12, 2108



Fabless semiconductor company Atmosic Technologies believes it can help IoT device makers reduce and even eliminate their dependency on battery power using technology from fellow Californian company Ceva.
 
Atmosic has integrated Ceva's RivieraWaves Bluetooth 5 Low Energy (RW-BLE5) IP in its M2 and M3 IoT systems-on-chip (SoCs). The SoCs target low power wireless applications, including wearables, personal and asset trackers, beacons, remotes, keyboards, and mice.
 
With its first products, Atmosic is tackling the real world battery-replacement challenge associated with installing and maintaining a plethora of IoT devices. To realise its vision, Atmosic developed a number of RF cmos technologies, including lowest power radio, on-demand wake-up and controlled energy harvesting.
 
"Our Forever Connected, Anywhere M2 and M3 series platforms showcase just what can be achieved with Bluetooth Low Eenergy, connected devices," said David Su, CEO of Atmosic. "Our low power architecture integrates the RW-BLE5 software and link layer IP from Ceva, a perfect complement to our power saving and energy harvesting RF cmos innovations, to help achieve our vision of a battery-free IoT future."
 
The M2 Bluetooth 5 SoC features lowest power radio with on-demand wake-up, enhancing battery life. The power consumption reduction can reach a technology inflection point where energy harvesting becomes a viable power source.
 
The M3 Bluetooth 5 SoC expands on the M2 with controlled energy harvesting, which can provide forever battery life or even eliminate the need for battery power. The M2 and M3 will be demonstrated during next month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
 
"We are excited by the immense potential of battery-free, Bluetooth-connected IoT," said Aviv Malinovitch, vice president at California-based Ceva. "We look forward to seeing the Atmosic M2 and M3 SoCs deployed in all manner of innovative products in the market."
 
RivieraWaves Bluetooth IP platforms consist of a hardware baseband controller, plus a software protocol stack. A flexible radio interface allows the platforms to be deployed with either RivieraWaves RF or various partners' RF IP, enabling optimal selection of foundry and process node. All Bluetooth 5 features are supported, including LE 2Mbit/s data rate, long range and LE advertising extension.
 
With more than 1.5 billion devices shipped to date and dozens of licensees, the RivieraWaves Bluetooth IP is widely deployed in consumer and IoT devices with many of the world's leading semiconductors companies and OEMs, including smartphones, tablets, wireless speakers, wireless headsets and earbuds, hearing aids and other wearables.
 
Atmosic Technologies is a fabless semiconductor company designing low-power wireless products to reduce device dependency on batteries, aiming to deliver forever battery life and the battery-free connected IoT. The company's products enable the IoT device ecosystem – designers and manufacturers, as well as end users and those responsible for deployments – to lower costs and efforts associated with maintaining the growing IoT in personal, home, auto, healthcare, industrial, enterprise and smart cities segments.
 
Ceva is a licensor of signal processing platforms and artificial intelligence processors. It partners 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.