Design win; HMicro uses CEVA Wi-Fi IP for healthcare & IoT

October 19, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
CEVA is licensor of signal processing IP for smart, connected devices, and Hmicro is a wireless solutions firm developing integrated products for medical, industrial and the broad Internet of Things; HMicro has licensed and deployed CEVA’s RivieraWaves Sense Wi-Fi IP in its WiPoint Wireless Technology platform.

The WiPoint platform was designed to address the 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/analogue 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 optimized for excellent 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 medical equipment manufacturers developing wireless monitoring patches that sense patient vital signs and other metrics.

 

“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 Wi-Fi IP helped us 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).”

 

CEVA’s RivieraWaves Wi-Fi IP family offers a 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.

 

CEVA; www.ceva-dsp.com/RivieraWaves-WiFi-Platforms

 

HMicro Inc. designs 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. HMicro delivers its solution as the WiPoint silicon chip, biosensor patches, and access points; www.hmicro.com