Introduction to RivieraWaves Wi-Fi 7 IP
Ceva, Inc. (NASDAQ: Ceva), a leader in silicon and software IP solutions, has announced the general release of its RivieraWaves Wi-Fi 7 IP platform. This advanced platform is designed to enhance high-end consumer and industrial applications, such as gateways, TVs, set-top-boxes, streaming media devices, AR/VR headsets, personal computing, and smartphones. The platform embodies the latest features of the IEEE 802.11be standard, offering a premium solution for Wi-Fi Access Point (AP) and Station (STA) products.
Market Growth and Wi-Fi 7 Adoption
ABI Research, a global technology intelligence firm, predicts that annual Wi-Fi enabled chipset shipments will surpass 5.1 billion by 2028, with over 1.7 billion supporting the Wi-Fi 7 standard. As the demand for Wi-Fi enabled devices grows, semiconductor companies and OEMs are increasingly integrating Wi-Fi connectivity into their chip designs, seeking high-quality Wi-Fi IP to reduce development costs and risks.
Ceva’s Leadership in Wi-Fi IP Licensing
Over the past decade, Ceva has established a significant position in Wi-Fi IP licensing, particularly with its widely-licensed RivieraWaves Wi-Fi 6 IP family. The company has more than 40 licensees, serving a range of end markets and applications, from endpoints to access points, across the IoT sphere. The introduction of the RivieraWaves Wi-Fi 7 IP is an expansion of this leadership, providing a comprehensive 802.11be MAC and PHY solution for next-generation Wi-Fi SoC products.
Expert Commentary on Wi-Fi 7 Impact
Andrew Zignani, Senior Research Director at ABI Research, highlighted Ceva’s integral role in the proliferation of connectivity standards in the IoT market. He noted the company’s success in shipping over 1 billion connectivity chips annually. The RivieraWaves Wi-Fi 7 IP platforms, according to Zignani, offer semiconductor companies and OEMs a reliable partner for developing high-performance Wi-Fi 7 chipsets.
Enhanced Capabilities and Technological Innovations
Tal Shalev, Vice President and General Manager of the Wireless IoT BU at Ceva, emphasized the advanced capabilities of Wi-Fi 7 in managing network congestion, offering enhanced data throughput and improved latency. The RivieraWaves Wi-Fi 7 IP platform integrates features like 4K QAM modulation, Multi Link Operation (MLO), and Multi Resource Units (MRU), optimizing link efficiency across available bands.
Key Features of RivieraWaves™ Wi-Fi 7 IP
- Integration of hallmark Wi-Fi 7 features such as 4K QAM modulation, MLO, and MRU.
- 2×2 MU-OFDM(A) transmitter and receiver supporting 802.11be up to MCS13-2SS.
- Beamforming technology to maximize link budget in multi-antenna systems.
- Full MAC software stack with the latest security standards like WPA3 and China’s WAPI.
- Compatibility with EasyMesh standard and advanced PTA functionality for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth coexistence.
- Flexible RF interface for integration with a variety of radio technologies.
- Fully backward compatible with previous Wi-Fi generations (Wi-Fi 4/5/6/6E).
The launch of Ceva’s RivieraWaves Wi-Fi 7 IP platform marks a significant advancement in wireless connectivity technology. Its cutting-edge features and capabilities are poised to set a new standard in the industry, facilitating the development of high-performance, cost-effective, and power-efficient Wi-Fi solutions for a wide range of applications.