HMicro licenses and deploys CEVA Wi-Fi IP for healthcare, IoT devices

CEVA Inc., licensor of signal processing IP for smarter, connected devices, and HMicro, a wireless solutions firm developing integrated products for medical, industrial and the broad Internet of Things, announced Tuesday that HMicro has licensed and deployed CEVA’s RivieraWaves Sense Wi-Fi IP in its WiPoint Wireless Technology platform.

The WiPoint platform has been designed to address the challenging requirements of wireless peripherals in healthcare and the broad Internet of Things (IoT), particularly areas demanding industrial grade reliability. It integrates the RivieraWaves Wi-Fi IP together with HMicro developed RF/analog and other technologies including Ultra WideBand (UWB) and Medical Band (MB) radios to form a power-optimized triple-mode hybrid radio based solution that seamlessly transitions between the three options as needed, maximizing link integrity and ensuring the lowest power option is chosen when more than one is available.

The Wi-Fi portion of the radio is ideal for energy efficiency—days of continuous operation from a coin cell – enabling applications previously not feasible with Wi-Fi. The WiPoint technology platform is already in design with leading medical equipment manufacturers developing wireless monitoring patches that sense patient vital signs and other metrics.

CEVA’s RivieraWaves Wi-Fi IP line offers a comprehensive suite of platforms for embedding Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac into SoCs/ASSPs. Optimised implementations are available targeting a range of connected devices, including smartphones, wearables, consumer electronics, smart home, industrial and automotive applications.

HMicro delivers silicon-based wireless sensing platform and associated subsystem products for medical companies requiring highly-integrated, cost-effective modules for use in demanding medical sensing and data communication applications. It gives its solution as the WiPoint silicon chip, biosensor patches, and access points, which give users fast time-to-market and are supported by a wide range of technical and manufacturing capabilities.

The company’s WiPoint wireless technology provides wired-class reliability in small form factors with exceptional energy efficiency – a unique combination that enables customers to develop distinctive and disruptive products.

CEVA joins with semiconductor companies and OEMs worldwide to create power-efficient and connected devices for a range of end markets. Its ultra-low-power IPs for vision, audio, communications and connectivity include comprehensive DSP-based platforms for LTE/LTE-A/5G baseband processing in handsets, infrastructure and machine-to-machine devices, computer vision and computational photography for any camera-enabled device, audio/voice/speech and ultra-low power always-on/sensing applications for multiple IoT markets.

For connectivity, it offers widely adopted IPs for Bluetooth (BLE and Dual Mode), Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac up to 4×4) and serial storage (SATA and SAS).

“At HMicro, we’re addressing the technical challenges of new IoT applications where many tens of devices in close proximity require data streaming of high integrity, simultaneously,” said Surendar Magar, CEO of HMicro. “CEVA’s silicon proven Wi-Fi IP helped us immensely to deliver an outstanding solution offering great reliability and power efficiency at low cost in a very small footprint and allowed us to significantly simplify the design effort of the Wi-Fi portion of our WiPoint SoC (system-on-chip).”

“HMicro is bringing a unique approach to wireless communications for healthcare and IoT and is well positioned to capture the huge potential of these markets,” said Aviv Malinovitch, vice president and general manager of CEVA’s Connectivity business unit. “We are delighted to partner with them for their Wi-Fi requirements and look forward to continued success together.”

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