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The Arm Cordio-E154 radio IP is a complete self-contained radio subsystem supporting the IEEE 802.15.4 protocol available at TSMC 55nm LP/ULP, TSMC 40nm LP/ULP and UMC 55nm ULP process nodes. The solution consists of the RF 2.4GHz transceiver, modem, protocol processing logic and MAC controller along with MAC layer firmware. The RF front end is delivered as a hard macro, the digital bits delivered as RTL, and MAC layer firmware as source code. The design is optimized for low-power end node IoT devices and enables designers who want a silicon proven and qualified/certified solution for reduced risk and reduced time to market.


Complete self-contained radio subsystem from RF to stack supporting the IEEE 802.15.4 protocol available at TSMC 55nm LP/ULP, TSMC 40nm LP/ULP and UMC 55nm ULP process nodes


IoT, smart embedded

Tech Specs

Geometry nm40, 55


Complete 802.15.4 solution
  • 2.4 GHz RF transceiver
  • Modem and protocol processing logic
  • MAC layer firmware
  • IP Implementation
  • TSMC 55nm LP/ULP process
  • TSMC 40nm LP/ULP process
  • UMC 55nm ULP process
  • Native sub 1-volt solution
  • IEEE 802.15.4 specification
  • 802.15.4
  • 2006 version of MAC and PHY
  • 2400 - 2484 MHz, O-QPSK PHY
  • AES-128 encryption engine
  • Fully integrated link layer subsystem
  • Power optimized system: Allows efficient sleep/wake-up of the host processor
  • Arm AMBA AHB peripheral device
  • System clock and power
  • Low power 32 MHz and 32.768 kHz XTAL oscillators with internal RC modes
  • Bypass option for 32 kHz clock available
  • Deliverables

    Design deliverables
  • GDSII files for the RF front end
  • RF traansceiver integrated with pad ring for ease of integration and floor planning
  • RTL for modem, link layer and protocol processor
  • Test benches, timing and physical abstraction models
  • Scripts for simulation and synthesis with Cadence tools
  • Integration manual and release notes
  • Support deliverables
  • Evaluation kit: An Arm mbed
  • enabled platform with a demonstration chip containing the Cordio-E154 radio IP sample
  • Zigbee/Thread compliant hardware platform through third party stacks
  • Reference design, PCB layout and antenna guidance
  • Radio control tool, RF test guidance
  • Production test & radio calibration algorithm
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