Bluetooth Smart IP solution suits IoT SoCs

25th February 2016
Jordan Mulcare

Synopsys has announced that it has collaborated with Mindtree to deliver a complete Bluetooth Smart IP solution consisting of Synopsys' DesignWare Bluetooth Smart PHY IP on TSMC's 55 and 180nm processes and Mindtree's BlueLitE link layer and software stack IP.

The interoperable Bluetooth Smart IP solution addresses the growing requirements for wireless connectivity in ultra-low-power SoCs for the IoT applications. Synopsys' PHY IP operates below one volt supply to extend battery life and is compliant with the Bluetooth Smart v4.2 specification. The PHY IP offers an integrated antenna matching network to ensure proper signal transmission between antenna and source, reducing external component cost.

Mindtree's BlueLitE link layer and software stack IP are highly configurable, extremely compact and have unique power save mechanisms built in. This enables designers to easily incorporate the IP in a variety of applications and meet the key requirements of cost and power. Synopsys' PHY IP and Mindtree's link layer and software stack IP solutions have gone through rigorous characterisation testing to ensure high quality and accurate IP functionality.

"Designers prefer complete solutions that minimise product risk and integration effort. Mindtree is pleased to collaborate with Synopsys, to address this specific need in the Bluetooth Smart technology space," said Jayanth Krishna, General Manager, short range wireless, Mindtree. "The mature IP solutions used by mutual users enable them to meet their aggressive design schedules."

"It is one of the key missions of the Bluetooth SIG to support and grow the business of our members. True to this mission, Mindtree and Synopsys are using Bluetooth to provide the technical innovations necessary to make next-level IoT products possible," said Marriot Winquist, Vice President of member development and services, Bluetooth SIG. "When members collaborate like this, creativity is sparked, challenges are met, and – together – we are able to champion Bluetooth as the leader in wireless technology."

"Bluetooth Smart technology is a key enabler for the IoT, providing fast wireless connectivity between devices, with low power consumption," said John Koeter, Vice President of marketing for IP and prototyping, Synopsys. "Our collaboration with Mindtree allows designers to leverage silicon-proven Bluetooth IP solutions that are qualified by the Bluetooth SIG and meet the latest power-efficient Bluetooth specification, enabling integration of high-quality IP into SoCs with less risk, while meeting power and cost requirements."

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