Monthly Archives: February 2018

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Improving Mammogram Quality

G-ray Medical Sàrl, a Neuchâtel startup, is currently developing an ultra-high performance detector dedicated to medical applications and in particular mammography. These ultra-high performance detectors will be made in partnership with CSEM, based on G-ray’s revolutionary lateniumTM technology. Centred on particle-counting X-ray imaging, this unique solution is set to improve the quality of the images obtained from examinations such as breast cancer screening helping earlier detection and reducing the radiation doses currently needed for mammography.

 

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. Since the beginning of the 21st century, there has been a worrying increase in cases in young women. To maximise the chances of recovery, early and reliable diagnosis of the disease is crucial. G-Ray Medical Sàrl intends to offer the medical world a new generation of X-ray imagers based on its lateniumTM electronic technology.

 

To do this G-ray will deepen its collaboration with CSEM. Having already collaborated in the Novipix project, supported by the Swiss National Foundation, the two partners have demonstrated the effectiveness of G-ray Medical’s technologies, in particular the covalent bonding of two silicon wafers at low temperatures. Their collaboration has led to the finalisation of a pioneering X-ray detector.

 

“This new collaboration will enable us to demonstrate the huge potential of developing electronics for our detector,” says Philippe Le Corre, CEO of G-ray Medical. “The main challenge is now miniaturising both the sensor’s pixels and the system’s energy consumption, whilst offering very high-quality X-ray imaging,” explains Pierre-François Rüedi, Project Manager at CSEM.

 

According to Professor Daniel Rüfenacht, a radiology expert at the Hirslanden Group, the project’s potential is considerable. “The development of the detector’s electronic components must enable the information from the images to be captured in as much detail as possible, at speeds as fast as the human eye.” In his opinion, this kind of progress is eagerly anticipated by the medical world, but could also be of benefit in other scientific fields.

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Dream Chip Technologies Demonstrates Superior Power Efficiency with Automotive Driver Assistance SoC

Dream Chip Technologies announced today record power efficiency of its ADAS System-on-Chip (SoC) for automotive computer vision applications, fabricated on GLOBALFOUNDRIES’s 22FDX® semiconductor process at the foundry’s Fab 1 facility in Dresden, Germany.

 

The SoC was created in close cooperation with Arm, ArterisIP, Cadence, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, and INVECAS as part of the European Commission’s ENIAC THINGS2DO reference development platform, where about 40 partners in Europe cooperated to propel the FDSOI-Design Ecosystem. The chip offers high performance image acquisition and processing capabilities and supports AI / Neural Network (NN) vision operation with a total of 1 TOPS at 500 MHz on 4 parallel engines. With all functions including quad-core Arm® Cortex®-A53, Tensilica DSPs, and LPDDR4-Interfaces activated, the SoC shows single digit power dissipation without the need for forced cooling, which is of significant importance for embedding in automotive environments.

 

The SoC incorporates Dream Chip Technologies’ image signal processing pipeline, working in conjunction with Cadence Tensilica Vision P6 DSPs and a quad-core cluster of Arm® Cortex®-A53 processors. In addition, a lock-step pair of Arm® Cortex®-R5 processors provides functional safety and the SoC is interconnected with an ArterisIP FlexNoC network-on-chip. Memory bandwidth is provided by a dual-channel LPDDR4-interface from INVECAS. 2 DDR-memory-chips and the SoC are mounted together on a chip-carrier, so that the module is providing 4 GigaBytes in total system memory.

 

The System Module is the centerpiece of a new ADAS platform from Dream Chip Technologies targeted at automotive applications with a need for cost, performance and low power for embedding into the car without the need for forced cooling, such as fan or liquid. It is targeted to take over the central image recognition and manipulation tasks, based on camera capture and due to its tiny power footprint is geared to be integrated with the camera module.

 

Dream Chip Technologies is part of GLOBALFOUNDRIES’s FDXcelerator™ Partner Program and supports the European automotive industry with design and engineering services. Dr. Jens Benndorf, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Dream Chip Technologies said: “Being able to collaborate with Arm, ArterisIP, Cadence, GLOBALFOUNDRIES and INVECAS and getting very early access to the 22FDX technology and the IP cores was an exciting experience and a tremendous benefit for Dream Chip Technologies, as we were able to drive Computer Vision MPSoC design in Europe to the next level. We have received an excellent technical support from these companies while meeting very aggressive schedule constraints. The power consumption we measured on the silicon have fully met the expectations and the result is highly competitive for the ADAS Computer Vision MPSoC market.”

 

Of particular importance is the new and reduced power footprint of this SoC in 22FDX-Technology from GLOBALFOUNDRIES. AI/NN-operation for image recognition is available today, but most of the solutions need active cooling. Implementation of Dream Chip Technologies’ SoC on GLOBALFOUNDRIES’s 22FDX platform demonstrated single digit (1.0) Watt and cooling targets for designers managing power dissipation. If needed, the SoC bears the potential to increase the performance even further up to 2 TOPS at 1.0 GHz by applying GLOBALFOUNDRIES’s forward body-bias capabilities and other optimization techniques.

 

“Building the best power efficiency and machine learning performances with a fully integrated SoC chip will pave the way for self-driving cars and accelerate ADAS adoption,” said Sanjay Charagulla, Senior Director – Vertical Market Segments, CMOS BU of GLOBALFOUNDRIES.

 

Professor Blume, Head of Architectures and Systems Group of the Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany, states: “This SoC ranges among the most power efficient chips for AI. We have run implementations, code optimizations and benchmarks and we are amazed of the effectiveness of the Tensilica Vision P6-engines in this SoC architecture for image recognition and other image transformations. One TOPS on a chip without fan is very impressive.”

 

Initial silicon was announced at Mobile World Congress 2017 and the jointly developed ADAS SoC platform from Dream Chip Technologies is available now and will be demonstrated this week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and the Embedded World in Nuremberg.

 

About Dream Chip Technologies

Dream Chip Technologies GmbH (DCT) is the largest independent German Design Service company specialized in the development of large ASICs, FPGAs, embedded software and systems with a strong application focus on automotive vision systems (ADAS). Companies from different industrial sectors worldwide rely on DCT’s expertise and outstanding engineering skills. It is DCT’s mission to bridge the gap between demand and offer by supporting their customers by sophisticated vision technologies, thus enabling them to launch new products without neglecting its core business. This strategy ensures business stability and steady growth through product innovations simultaneously. DCT’s headquarters are located in Northern Germany near Hanover. For more information, please visit the company’s web site at: www.dreamchip.de

 

Check out DreamChip profile page on AnySilicon: http://anysilicon.com/vendors/dream-chip/

Claude Cloutier

CEO Talk: Claude Joseph Cloutier

This is an interview with Claude Joseph Cloutier, President and Chief Executive Officer with XtremeEDA Corporation.

 

Claude Cloutier Fielding Photo August 2013 (1)

 

Tell me a bit about your background? How did you first get started with your XtremeEDA?

 

I started out my work career in 1978 as an Air Navigator in the Canadian Air Force flying long-range maritime patrol and ended up at National Defence Headquarters as a requirements staff officer with program management responsibilities.  I resigned my commission in 1990 and have been in private industry ever since.  In 2002, the company I was working for collapsed in the dot-com bubble and some of my colleagues and I decided that we would start up a company and focus on EDA product development, but it was soon obvious that no one at that time would fund an EDA venture and so we returned to professional services.  I prefer to do services so when we turned to professional services again, that is when I fully committed to the CEO role and driving our success.  Our success allowed my partners to leave XtremeEDA and start an EDA company as they originally set out to do.  Now I’m the only partner remaining and I’m still having fun doing professional services and helping our clients’ projects succeed.

 

Tell me about XtremeEDA?

 

XtremeEDA Corporation is a professional services firm based in North America that is focused on ASIC/SoC/FPGA front end design and design verification.  We have deep expertise and experience across multiple domains including, but not limited to, 5G wireless, microprocessors, networking, interconnect, and a wide variety of high-speed protocols.

 

When did you start XtremeEDA ? What were you doing before that?

 

We started at the end of 2002 after the dot-com collapse.  Before that, I was a program and project manager for a couple of services companies doing various kinds of projects from writing requirements specifications to managing ASIC, FPGA, firmware and applications/systems software projects.  One of the things I love about services is the wide variety of technologies you get exposed to.  I really enjoy helping our clients succeed.

 

What problem did you see that needed to be fixed? What is your approach to solving that?

 

In the early 2000s, SystemVerilog emerged along with various methodologies.  We understood that the market was going to need help with these advanced technologies that not only included how to architect the test environment but how to code and implement the right test strategies.  We played a key role in the roll out of SystemVerilog and also helped develop some of the key methodologies that have now evolved into the Universal Verification Methodology—UVM.  Today, we continue to provide those skills across a wide variety of clients.

 

How was the role/offering of XtremeEDA changed during the recent years?

 

We added very experienced designers to our team over the years because we saw the need to span both design and design verification.  That has enabled us to offer turnkey solutions in collaboration with our offshore and backend partners.

 

Did any of the market consolidation (or acquisition) affected your business and how?

 

If you have been in this business as long as we have, you would know that in previous years there was a sine wave of revenue in the annual results.  This provided us with a fairly predictive revenue model.  However, when the wave of consolidation started happening in late 2015, that sine wave was disrupted.  Along with a more unpredictable revenue model, it also created less demand for services since consolidation always disrupts projects and budgets as the integration of the firms takes time to figure out.  Now that the consolidation is mostly done and M&As have slowed up, we believe the market is about to expand significantly for services as the amount of work implied by the expansion of new technologies requires even more experienced personnel.

 

Which market segment seems promising to you? And why?

 

We like the application segments that will be driven by Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning.  Things like IoT for Smart Cities, smart logistics, etc.  To that end, we’ve been developing a Multi-Processor Platform that contains all the key building blocks needed to successfully develop secure and safe systems in the field.  We like these types of projects for their design complexity and the challenge of verifying them cost-effectively, but also in a way that ensures first-pass silicon.  We believe that this is what makes XtremeEDA engineering the best-value services provider in the marketplace.

 

 

What is a typical customer for XtremeEDA?

 

Most of our work is done with Tier 1 semiconductor and systems companies, but we do work with a lot of smaller companies including startups.  Our clients are typically Vice Presidents and Senior Managers of engineering departments who have quite a lot of experience in ASIC and SoC projects.  They’re the type of people who value experienced personnel who can get the job done right and can easily integrate into, and with, their own engineering teams.

 

Customers are focused on time-to-market, first-time-right, price, etc. Do you see a change in customer behaviour in recent years? Where is the focus today and why?

 

Each client has a unique take on what matters to them most, but it is correct that as ASICs and SoCs have become more expensive to develop and produce that getting it right the first time, on time for the market window the client is targeting is extremely important.  Price of course is always under pressure due to the high cost of these types of projects.  Today, I would say that the smarter clients are looking for best value that fits their project need, rather than lowest price from their suppliers.

 

What are the 3 top things you wish your customers would do better (or different)?

 

It would be great if a conversation of what best value looks like would happen more regularly.  It would also be great if our clients had a better orientation to an ecosystem approach.  This would shift the conversation from a transactional approach to a transformational approach—how can we both win together and support each other.  I believe that this will inevitably happen due to market forces.

 

Are you currently hiring? What type of jobs?

 

Yes, we are always looking for great ASIC/SoC design and design verification engineers.

 

What is your #1 advice for people who want to work for XtremeEDA?

 

It is a given that to work in professional services at XtremeEDA you have to be a competent engineer—no matter what your level of seniority is and also like to help people.  We emphasize quality of work with quality of life.  To work at XtremeEDA means that you work hard for 40 hours and you get to go home and be with your family or do whatever it is that you are passionate about outside work.  There is occasional overtime, but we think there is too much exploitation of workers in our industry.  To counter this type of exploitation, we give voice to our employees on company policies through our Compensation Council.  So, working for us means that you bring your total person to the organization in a way that balances individual and corporate needs.  If we had a motto, it would be Dignity and Respect.

 

Where can one find more information?

 

You can get more information about XtremeEDA through our website, www.xtreme-eda.com and also www.glassdoor.com which is a great resource that I would encourage all job seekers to compare prospective employers.

 

What is the best moment in your day?

 

When I help people.

 

How do you keep yourself energized and engaged during the day?

 

By working hard and having fun at the same time.  One of my concerns for our industry is the ethical dimension of our organizational culture and the ethics of advanced technology, particularly the rules we embed in our artificial intelligence systems.  I believe that this will be the central leadership challenge for the next two decades.  I can never tire of blending philosophy and technology with doing right by people.

 

What is your preferred lunch discussion topic?

 

I very much enjoy talking about sports, especially with my VP Sales who is from Boston and is very passionate about Boston teams.  That makes for some fun conversations!

 

How do you spend your time outside working hours?

 

I recently finished a PhD in Human and Organizational Systems and so I’m involved as an academic writing papers and helping others through their doctoral program.  I’m also thinking about writing another book or two on compensation and leadership and how to develop positive organizational cultures.  When I’m not in the academic mode, I love to go hiking and fishing and taking part in activities in and around my community with my friends.

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Solid State System selects Andes AndesCore N9 for Its USB 3.1 Flash Controller for Storage Application

Andes Technology Corporation, the leading Asia-based supplier of small, low-power, high performance 32/64-bit embedded CPU cores, today announced that Solid State System Co., Ltd. (3S) has licensed the mid-range AndesCore™ N903A for the SSS6131 USB 3.1 Gen 1 flash controller chip. The chip is being designed into USB flash drives now. USB 3.1 Gen 1 is capable of data transfer speeding up to 5Gbps. The 5-stage pipeline N9 is ideal for providing USB 3.1 Gen 1 flash control functions such as read, write, erase, and static and dynamic wear-leveling functions unique to managing flash.

 

“Andes N9 provided the flexibility and performance required for our industry leading SSS6131 USB 3.1 Gen 1 controller,” said Cheng Liou R&D Vice President Solid State System Co., Ltd. “It allows our design to exploit the performance enhancements of the USB 3.1 Gen1 standard including an interface bandwidth increase up to 5Gbps. USB 3.1 Gen1 flash drives have seen considerably increased demand, especially in Asia. Our SSS6131 USB 3.1 Gen 1 controller has benefitted from this demand.”

 

“3S is a longtime Andes customer and we value their business.” said Andes Technology Corp. CTO and Senior Vice President Charlie Hong-Men Su. “We are extremely pleased that Andes N9 CPU core, which is more power efficient (DMIPS/mW) than our major competitor, contributes to the success of 3S SSS6131 USB 3.1 Gen 1 flash controller chip in the market place.”

 

In the Transparency Market Research report “USB 3.0 Flash Drives Market (Manufacturing Process – Conventional and Chip-on-Board; Capacity – Below 4 GB, 4 GB to 16 GB, 16 GB to 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB and Above) – Global (The U.S., Europe, and Asia Pacific) Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2016 – 2020,” the flash drive market is expected to grow 23.5 percent from 2016 to 2020, reaching over $3B by 2020. “Asia Pacific had been the leading region in the global USB 3.0 flash drives market in terms of production volume as well as demand volume,” the report declared. (USB 3.0, the third major revision to the Universal Serial Bus (USB) standard, has been renamed USB 3.1 Gen 1 by the USB Implementers Forum).

 

 

About Solid State System Co., Ltd. (3S)

Founded in 1998, 3S is well known for its NAND flash knowledge and experiences in storage. 3S has pioneered NAND-based controller solutions and is expanding its product portfolios. Headquartered in Hsinchu, Taiwan, with branch offices located in Taipei and Shenzhen, China; 3S was listed for Taipei Exchange trading in Year 2007 (Stock symbol: 3259). 3S has an international reputation for providing high performance IC solutions with high reliability and on-time delivery. In 2010, 3S successfully developed and launched its CMOS MEMS microphone. With a critical patent portfolio, 3S is the first Taiwan IC design house to offer advanced microphone solutions easily integrated into customer designs.

For more information, visit http://www.3system.com.tw

 

 

About Andes

Andes Technology Corporation was founded in Hsinchu Science Park, Taiwan in 2005 to develop innovative high-performance/low-power 32/64-bit processor cores and associated development environment to serve worldwide rapidly growing embedded system applications. The company delivers the best super low power CPU cores with integrated development environment and associated software and hardware solutions for efficient SoC design.

To meet demanding requirements of today’s electronic devices, Andes Technology delivers configurable software/hardware IP and scalable platforms to respond to customers’ needs for quality products and faster time-to-market. Andes Technology’s comprehensive CPU includes entry-level, mid-range, high-end, extensible and security families to address the full range of embedded electronics products, especially for connected, smart and green applications.

For more information about Andes Technology, please visit http://www.andestech.com/

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WuQi Technologies is the latest licensee of CCww’s NB-IoT UE protocol-stack software

Communications Consultants Worldwide Ltd. (CCww), global innovator of 3GPP® technologies, has licensed its NB-IoT protocol-stack software to WuQi Technologies Inc., a leading global developer of highly integrated mixed-signal SoC solutions, and the latest licensee of CCww’s NB-IoT Release 13 UE protocol-stack software. Communications Consultants Worldwide (CCww) is working with WuQi Technologies for the integration of its NB-IoT protocol-stack software onto WuQi Technologies’ highly innovative SoC. This relationship, catalyzed by T2M, is enabling the production of a highly integrated, very low power, NB-IoT SoC chipset targeting IoT Smart City, Smart Home, and wearable applications.

 
NB-IoT (Narrow-Band Internet-of-Things) is the future global solution for low-cost and low-power cellular machine-to-machine connectivity, for use in a broad range of IoT applications including smart cities, logistics, metering, telematics and security. CCww’s NB-IoT Protocol-stack SW is enabling chip and module manufacturers to rapidly enter the market with small-footprint, broadly-tested, stable SW for very low maintenance, 10 year battery-life applications.

 
CCww’s CEO, Richard Carter, said, “NB-IoT is CCww’s latest cellular Protocol-stack SW, in a long history of protocol-stack development. We are excited to be working with WuQi to enable a sector-leading NB-IoT SoC, which will push back boundaries of performance and battery life for the next generation of IoT. We will be showcasing the WuQi / CCww solution along with other products at the Mobile World Congress (Hall-7 stand C17)”.

 
Michael Jiang, VP of Marketing and Sales of WuQi, added, “Working with CCww, the sector’s principal protocol-stack SW developer in the NB-IoT space, is a great honor for us. Our combined focus on the integration process, coupled with CCww’s extensive cellular systems knowledge, has enabled us to achieve an ultra-low power consumption, which will enable customer products with unprecedented performance, efficiency and economy. In the future, we will be jointly upgrading the solution to Release 14 for launch in Q2/18.”

 
Nigel Dixon, CEO of T2M, remarked “Our global relationships in the semiconductor market, coupled with our extensive expertise in wireless semiconductor technology, enabled us to join WuQi with a leading NB-IoT protocol-stack SW and support provider, to take them through integration, certification and mass deployment. We are excited to be enabling companies to build leadership products with our clients’ state-of-the-art technologies.”

 

About WuQi
WuQi is a privately funded silicon and software start-up with its headquarters in Chongqing,
China. WuQi creates highly integrated, and innovative mixed-signal system-on-a-chip
solutions for the internet-of-things, power line communications, health and fitness
monitoring, and other markets. WuQi enables its customers and partners to achieve
unprecedented performance, efficiency, and economy in their products. Visit:
http://www.wuqi-tech.com

 
About CCww
CCww, a full member of ETSI, has been developing, licensing and supporting embedded
3GPP® protocol-stack software to leading global mobile players since 2000; more than 3
Billion devices have been manufactured using CCww technology. CCww is currently
licensing a portable Release 13/14 NB-IoT UE protocol-stack, with extensive integration,
conformance-testing, and support services. To further increase our licensees’ market reach,
an upgrade to Cat M1 is planned for 2H/18. Visit: www.ccww.co.uk

 
About T2M
T2M is the world’s largest independent global semiconductor technology provider, supplying
complex IP, software, KGD and disruptive technologies enabling accelerated production of
IoT, wireless, consumer and automotive electronics devices. Located in all key tech clusters
around the world, our senior management team provides local access to leadership
companies and technology. For more information, please visit www.t-2-m.com

802.11ax

CEVA Announces Industry’s First 802.11ax Wi-Fi IPs

CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CEVA), the leading licensor of signal processing platforms and artificial intelligence processors for smarter, connected devices, today unveiled its new RivieraWaves RW-AX family of 802.11ax Wi-Fi intellectual property (IP), targeting client devices, the smart home and network infrastructure. Building on its market leadership in Wi-Fi IP, CEVA is the first company to offer licensable 802.11ax solutions, providing its customers with a comprehensive platform to integrate the latest Wi-Fi standard into their next-generation product designs.

 

“We are already seeing a growing demand for 802.11ax, for both high performance access points and low power IoT applications,” said Aviv Malinovitch, vice president and general manager of the connectivity business unit at CEVA. “We are proud to offer our customers the most efficient 802.11ax IP solutions, extending the low power and high performance RivieraWaves Wi-Fi family.”

 

With the proliferation of smart phones, over-the-top boxes and smart home devices which rely on Wi-Fi, the Wi-Fi spectrum has become increasingly congested. This leads to below-par service and reduced bandwidth for users, particularly in dense environments. Wi-Fi 802.11ax not only provides 25% data rate improvements over 802.11ac but also much needed innovations to aid spectrum efficiency and network capacity. These include the use of Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) for bandwidth sharing and uplink Multi-User MIMO capabilities for more symmetrical data loads.

 

Moreover, with the addition of other new features such as wake-time scheduling, this latest generation of Wi-Fi also addresses the needs of IoT and low power devices, offering greater efficiency and lower power consumption. As a result, 802.11ax in a slim 1×1 configuration is an ideal future-proofing replacement for 802.11n in ultra-low power IoT devices.

 

The new RivieraWaves RW-AX family includes:

  • RW-AX Low Power: This 11ax 20MHz platform is ideal for small, low power IoT devices, including wearables.
  • RW-AX High Performance: The 802.11ax 1×1 and 2×2 platforms with symmetrical Multi-User MIMO are tailored for high performance applications such as smartphones, tablets, set top box and smart home access points.
  • RW-AX Multi-Gig: Highest performance 802.11ax up to 4×4, addressing the most advanced use cases including access points, media gateways and Wi-Fi offload in small cells.

 

Each RivieraWaves Wi-Fi solution incorporates PHY modem functions and MAC functions, including Lower MAC (LMAC) and Full MAC software protocol stacks. The IP is provided with an integration-ready platform containing an optional open-source processor and is operating-system-agnostic, simplifying deployment in SoC/ASSP designs. RivieraWaves Wi-Fi is widely deployed in consumer and IoT devices with many of the world’s leading semiconductors companies and OEMs, targeting a broad range of connected devices, including smartphones, tablets, wearables, consumer electronics, smart home, industrial and automotive applications.

 

Availability
The initial members of the RivieraWaves RW-AX family will be available for licensing in the second quarter of 2018. For more information, visit https://www.ceva-dsp.com/product/rivierawaves-wi-fi-platforms/.

 

CEVA at Mobile World Congress
CEVA executives and experts will be attending Mobile World Congress 2018, February 26 – March 1, 2018. To schedule a meeting to discuss the RW-AX family of 802.11ax Wi-Fi IPs at MWC, e-mail rel=”nofollow”>sales@ceva-dsp.com. Or visit us in Hall 7, Stand F60 to experience and interact with the latest CEVA-powered smart and connected products and demos.

 

About CEVA, Inc.
CEVA is the leading licensor of signal processing platforms and artificial intelligence processors for a smarter, connected world. We partner with 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. Our 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, advanced imaging and computer vision for any camera-enabled device, audio/voice/speech and ultra-low power always-on/sensing applications for multiple IoT markets. For artificial intelligence, we offer a family of AI processors capable of handling the complete gamut of neural network workloads, on-device. For connectivity, we offer the industry’s most widely adopted IPs for Bluetooth (low energy and dual mode) and Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax up to 4×4). Visit us at www.ceva-dsp.com and follow us on TwitterYouTube and LinkedIn.