Aviv Malinovitch, vice president and general manager of CEVA's Connectivity business unit, stated: “We congratulate the Bluetooth SIG on the release of the Bluetooth 5.1 specification. We see a strong interest from our customer base in accurate indoor positioning and asset tracking, and have already signed multiple license agreements for our latest Bluetooth 5.1 IP. We are proud to help our customers to rapidly enhance their Bluetooth-enabled products with this capability.”
“The Bluetooth community continues to find ways to meet evolving market needs and open new opportunities,” adds Mark Powell, Bluetooth SIG executive director. “The addition of Bluetooth direction finding demonstrates this commitment to drive innovation and support the incredible growth opportunity within the location services market.”
“The potential for Real-Time Locating Systems (RTLS) and Indoor Positioning Systems (IPS) is huge across many markets including smart manufacturing, healthcare, proximity services in retail, wayfinding in airports, shopping malls, and hotels. With the ratification of direction finding using AoA and AoD as part of the Bluetooth 5.1 standard, Bluetooth offers an improved location service solution with unprecedented centimeter-level accuracy. As this industry scales, Bluetooth, with its very cost and power-efficient nature, backed with guaranteed interoperability, is set to become a technology of choice for RTLS & IPS. Companies like CEVA that support this latest Bluetooth standard are an important contributor to the proliferation of this technology,” remarked Henrique Rocha, Research Analyst, ABI Research.
CEVA’s RivieraWaves Bluetooth IP platforms provide comprehensive solutions for both Bluetooth LE and Bluetooth dual mode connectivity. Each platform consists of a hardware baseband controller, plus a feature-rich 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 5.1 features are supported, including LE 2Mbps data rate, Long Range, LE Advertising Extension and AoA/AoD. 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.