CEVA has announced the general release of its RivieraWaves Bluetooth 5.3 IP. Supporting a multitude of features to further enhance security, robustness and low power operation, the RivieraWaves Bluetooth 5.3 IP is now available as a complete hardware/software product for new designs and as a software-only upgrade for compatible existing designs.
As the de-facto standard for Audio Streaming and short range IoT connectivity, Bluetooth device shipments are expected to approach 5 billion units annually by 2022 and surpass 6 billion units annually by 2025, according to the latest forecasts from ABI Research. On the back of this huge addressable market, the Bluetooth standard continues to evolve to meet ever-more challenging goals on battery life and performance.
With Bluetooth 5.3 comes new features including Enhanced Periodic Advertising and LE Connection Subrating, all designed to improve protocol efficiency in terms of power and latency. Link robustness is also enhanced with the LE Channel Classification signaling, as is wireless security with improvements in the HCI Encryption Key Size Control. The enhancements in the standard by the Bluetooth SIG coupled with the ultra-low power architecture of the RivieraWaves Bluetooth IP platform gives chip designers a winning edge in the highly competitive wireless consumer market.