CEVA Streamlines 5G New Radio Modem Design with PentaG2, the Industry's Most Comprehensive 5G Baseband Platform IP for Mobile Broadband and IoT

- 2nd generation PentaG 5G modem architecture facilitates rapid development of 5G SoCs, dramatically reducing the time-to-market, risk, effort and cost

- Platform integrates low power DSPs with specialized programmable accelerators for optimal modem processing chains, delivering up to a 4X improvement in power efficiency versus predecessor

- Scalable platform addresses full gamut of use cases, from RedCap, NR-Sidelink and C-V2X, through to high end eMBB for handsets, CPE/FWA Terminals and mmWave and URLLC for XR headsets

ROCKVILLE, Md., Feb. 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CEVA), the leading licensor of wireless connectivity and smart sensing technologies and integrated IP solutions, today announced PentaG2™, its second generation 5G platform architecture aimed at accelerating the proliferation of new usage models for mobile broadband and IoT, and to reduce the entry barriers for handset OEMs looking to internalize 5G modem design. PentaG2™ is a comprehensive hardware/software IP platform that combines advanced DSPs with special purpose accelerators for optimal signal chain processing, to deliver a 4X improvement in power efficiency versus its predecessor.

The recent Ericsson Mobility Report forecasts that cellular IoT will comprise 5.5 billion of the overall 8.9 billion cellular connections in 2027, up from 1.9 billion cellular IoT connections in 2021. Furthermore, the number of fixed wireless access (FWA) connections is expected to grow from 90 million in 2021 to reach almost 230 million in 2027. PentaG2 substantially lowers the high entry barriers for semiconductor companies and OEMs who wish to address these huge market opportunities in mobile broadband and IoT, or to be self-sufficient in the 5G handset SoC, by providing a comprehensive platform with the key building blocks required for full LTE/5G modem design.

PentaG2 platforms will initially be offered in the following configurations:

  • PentaG2-Max – targeting eMBB use cases in handsets and CPE/FWA Terminals and mmWave, NR-Sidelink and cellular V2X (C-V2X), as well as URLLC enabled AR/VR use cases. PentaG2-Max is the world's only complete IP offering able to efficiently process the immense workloads required for 3GPP releases 16 and 17, looking forward to 5G advanced, for both Sub-6 and mmWave 5G broadband, with a 4X performance/area improvement in data-path processing.
  • PentaG2-Lite – supports a range of reduced capacity use cases, including LTE Cat1 and future 3GPP Rel-17/18 NR RedCap (Reduced Capacity, aka NR-Lite). PentaG2-Lite is an extremely efficient and lean baseband implementation with complete processing chain acceleration and utilizing a small footprint DSP controller, to meet the most stringent power budgets.

Crucially, both configurations offer the flexibility to allow customers combine their own proprietary algorithms and IP, such as channel estimation or advanced equalization with the PentaG2 platform via standard interfaces.

Guy Keshet, Vice President and General Manager of the Mobile Broadband Business Unit at CEVA, said: "While 5G today is predominantly associated with smartphones, it offers an immense opportunity to expand the use of cellular technology to new markets that are not fully utilizing the potential of 5G, including industrial, robotics, wearables, healthcare, automotive, fixed wireless access and smart grid. These new verticals open the door to semiconductor companies and OEMs to develop application-specific 5G modems in-house rather than relying on traditional, costly cellular modems from incumbent cellular vendors. PentaG2 bridges the design gap to develop a 5G modem by providing the full baseband processing platform in a cost and power efficient solution, which can also be leveraged by handset OEMs looking to internalize their 5G modem design."

The PentaG2 platform architecture builds on the success of the first-generation platform, which has shipped in millions of 5G NR smartphones and mobile broadband devices to date. PentaG2 includes a complete set of programmable accelerators and coprocessors, constituting end-to-end in-line signal processing chains. Accelerators introduced for the first time as part of the PentaG2 platform include:

  • Bit Demodulation Unit, supporting entire Rx bit and LLR processing
  • Bit Modulation Unit for entire Tx bit processing
  • Equalizer and MAC engine co-processor Unit
  •  5G LDPC Encoder / Decoder, and
  • 5G Polar Encoder / Decoder

Other hardware accelerators include HARQ, MLD, Multi-radix DFT, Turbo FEC and Viterbi FEC, and a neural network coprocessor for 5G link adaptation. All accelerators come with standard AXI interfaces for ease of integration. The platform also includes a scalar DSP for PHY control, hardware acceleration scheduling, and running the protocol stack. The PentaG2-Max also features a vector DSP with 5G ISA extensions for handling workloads required for channel estimation.

The PentaG2 platform also provides a complete L1 SW functional implementation of all 5G processing chains, running on the control DSP and utilizing all the platform's hardware accelerators, including PDSCH, PUSCH, PDCCH and PUCCH.

To further simplify and accelerate development, PentaG2 deliverables include an advanced platform System-C simulation environment that allows system engineers, architects and software developers to model, profile and debug their designs, pre-silicon. This simulator supports all PentaG2 components and interfaces seamlessly with MATLAB for algorithmic development. The whole PentaG2 system can be emulated on a FPGA platform for further verification.

PentaG2 is available for licensing to lead customers today and for general licensing in the second half of this year. PentaG2 customers can also benefit from SoC design services from CEVA to help integrate and support system design and modem development. For further information, visit https://www.ceva-ip.com/product/ceva-pentag/.

About CEVA, Inc.
CEVA is the leading licensor of wireless connectivity and smart sensing technologies and integrated IP solutions for a smarter, safer, connected world. We provide Digital Signal Processors, AI engines, wireless platforms, cryptography cores and complementary software for sensor fusion, image enhancement, computer vision, voice input and artificial intelligence. These technologies are offered in combination with our Intrinsix IP integration services, helping our customers address their most complex and time-critical integrated circuit design projects. Leveraging our technologies and chip design skills, many of the world's leading semiconductors, system companies and OEMs create power-efficient, intelligent, secure and connected devices for a range of end markets, including mobile, consumer, automotive, robotics, industrial, aerospace & defense and IoT.

Our DSP-based solutions include platforms for 5G baseband processing in mobile, IoT and infrastructure, 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 sensor fusion, our Hillcrest Labs sensor processing technologies provide a broad range of sensor fusion software and inertial measurement unit ("IMU") solutions for markets including hearables, wearables, AR/VR, PC, robotics, remote controls and IoT. For wireless IoT, our platforms for Bluetooth (low energy and dual mode), Wi-Fi 4/5/6/6E (802.11n/ac/ax), Ultra-wideband (UWB), NB-IoT and GNSS are the most broadly licensed connectivity platforms in the industry.

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