CEVA Introduced a new DSP for Multi-Gigabit Connectivity

28 February, 2017

CEVA-XC12 is the industry's first DSP capable of meeting the extreme performance requirements critical to the success of 5G, gigabit LTE, MU-MIMO Wi-Fi and other multi-gigabit modems

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CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CEVA), a licensor of signal processing IP, introduced a new communication DSP to meet the extreme performance requirements of multi-gigabit class modems. The CEVA-XC12 is purpose-built from the ground up to solve the most critical challenges of efficiently implementing 5G, gigabit LTE, MU-MIMO Wi-Fi and other multi-gigabit modems. The company said it was already licensed to a leading wireless OEM for use in a 5G baseband modem.

Technologies designed for wireless standards such as 5G needs to deliver a peak data rate of up to 20 Gbps under ultra-low latency of 1 millisecond’ utilizing complex processing techniques such as Massive-MIMO and advanced 3D dynamic beamforming. CEVA  beleives that its CEVA-XC12 is the industry’s first DSP architecture offering the raw performance and power efficiency for the success of multi-gigabit class modems.

The new DSP supports the full gamut of 5G use cases and deployment scenarios, from 80 GHz mmWave down to 450 MHz spectrum bands. In addition to 5G, CEVA-XC12 is suited for the design of LTE-Advanced Pro Evolution, enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), Licensed Assisted Access (LAA), MulteFire carrier aggregation and LWA (LTE/Wi-Fi Aggregation), cellular V2X, Wi-Fi 802.11ax, WiGig 802.11ad, Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) and Virtual Reality (VR) systems.

Six New Technologies

The CEVA-XC12 DSP architecture consists of six key technology breakthroughs: A new micro-architecture to meet very high frequency requirements and ultra-low power consumption – capable of operating at 1.8 GHz in 10 nm; Massive computation capabilities thanks to quad-vector processor engines approaching 1 tera operations per second (TOPs) performance; New high-precision arithmetic – achieves optimal resolution with up to 256×256 dimension matrix processing.

CEVA has also developed a new specialized instructions to boost all baseband processing components – innovative support for advanced 256 and 1024 QAM demodulation; New core streaming interfaces FOR low latency transfers between cores or accelerators, and a new control plane for massive-user management and for multi-RAT (Radio Access Technology) systems – incorporates a Scalar Processing Unit with a CoreMark/MHz score of 4.4 designed to handle huge number of users required for LTE MTC and 5G IoT

Michael Boukaya, vice president and general manager, Wireless Business Unit at CEVA, commented: “To deliver upon the promise of multi-gigabit wireless speeds, an entirely new approach to the underlying vector processor architecture is required. Our CEVA-XC12 is the most powerful communication DSP we have ever designed, incorporating techniques and instructions that are fundamental to the success of 5G baseband systems. We are truly excited about the future of the wireless industry and the possibilities that 5G will enable.” The CEVA-XC12 is available for licensing now. For more information:  http://launch.ceva-dsp.com/CEVA-XC12.

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