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CEVA offers the RivieraWaves Bluetooth Smart IP, a complete and flexible Bluetooth Smart 4.2 Qualified IP for integration into any SoCs/ASSPs. It allows designers to quickly get a working product with a minimal design effort. The RW-BLE hardware baseband controller core, in charge of packet encoding/decoding and frame scheduling, is complemented by a hardware AES128 encryption engine for real time encryption/decryption of the packets. The firmware is composed of the Link Layer(LL) and Host Control Interface (HCI). It is provided with reference platform drivers and with a small task scheduler offering task management, inter-task communications, message (queues and events) management and timing management, for use as standalone or integrated into other real time OS. For a complete Bluetooth Smart solution, the RW-BLE baseband controller IP is complemented with: the RW-BLE-SW host protocol stack and profiles. It can be combined with the firmware of the RW-BLE baseband controller to come up with a fully embedded or fully hosted solution, or run in a separate micro-controller. the RW-BT-RF IP. This is a complete radio transceiver including modem compliant with Bluetooth low energy. The combined RW-BLE firmware and RW-BLE-SW host protocol stack and profiles is highly flexible and can support 3 different configurations: Fully hosted configuration: all software is running on the same embedded processor. There is no HCI. Alternatively, the complete software can run on a host/application processor, driving a CPU-less BLE IC containing the RW-BLE baseband. Split configuration: lower layers below HCI are running on the embedded processor while the upper layers above HCI are running on the host/application processor. Fully embedded configuration: all software is running on the embedded processor, while the application is running on the host/application processor. The RW-BLE host protocol stack and profiles can also be used with any Bluetooth Smart HCI controller IC.


  • Hardware core designed in synthesizable Verilog for easy technology migration
  • Hardware encryption
  • Flexible and portable software written in C
  • Low operating frequency selectable between 8 and 32 MHz
  • Support of 32000 Hz and 32768 Hz low power clock
  • AMBA2 AHB bus or SPI interface for easy integration into any ASIC or SiP
  • Designed for minimal power consumption
  • Low gate count
  • Low MIPS and low memory footprint
  • Support of RF qualification mode and regulatory body
  • DFT ready, accepted by major ATPG tools


  • Tag, asset tracking
  • Sport & Fitness: wristband, smartwatch, heartrate monitor, running speed, cycling speed, weight scale,
  • Medical: thermometer, glucose monitor, blood pressure monitor, ...
  • Remote control: mouse, keyboard, game pad
  • Hearing Aid
  • Wireless charging

Tech Specs

Market SegmentWireless


  • Compliant with the Bluetooth Smart 4.0/4.1/4.2 specifications
  • Supports all mandatory and optional features of Bluetooth Smart 4.2 including data length extension, secure connection, enhanced privacy and scatternet operation (master + slaves simultaneous links, including several simultaneous slave links)
  • Supports all BLE packet types
  • Supports master and slave modes
  • Supports all states: standby, advertising, scanning, initiating and connection
  • White list
  • Frequency Hopping with channel assessment for higher link robustness and improved coexistence with interferers such as Wi-Fi devices
  • Embedded coexistence interface for collocation with other wireless protocols such as Wi-Fi, Zigbee, ...
  • AES128 encryption
  • Complete software protocol stack: Link Layer (LL), Host Control Interface (HCI), L2CAP, Attribute Protocol (ATT), Security Management Protocol (SMP), Generic Attribute Profile (GATT), Generic Access Profile (GAP), profiles (Proximity, Find Me, Health Thermometer, ...)


  • hardware: verilog RTL, testbench, compilation, simulation and synthesis scripts
  • software: C
  • documents
  • test tool running on Windows or Linux

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