embedded world: Duo work on ultra-low power connected MPU for IoT

26th February 2019
Mick Elliott

Today (February 26) at embedded world in Nuremberg, Imagination Technologies and Andes Technology, a specialist in low-power, high-performance 32/64-bit processor IP cores unveiled a collaboration to integrate the new N22 RISC-V MCU IP from Andes with Ensigma low-power IP for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, IEEE 802.15.4 and GNSS to provide a fully integrated, off-the-shelf solution for the IoT market.

To date, Andes’ customers have cumulatively shipped 3.5 billion SoCs. In 2018, there were an extraordinary 1 billion shipments containing its CPU IP, covering a wide range of applications.

Examples are AI and Machine Learning (ML), audio, Bluetooth, gaming, GPS, IoT, MCU, sensor fusion, SSD controllers, touch screen and TDDI controllers, USB 3.0 storage, voice recognition, Wi-Fi, and wireless charger.

With over 30 supported wireless standards, Ensigma has the widest range of wireless IP solutions in the market. With a complete solution, including RF, digital baseband MAC/PHY complimented by pre-compliance for regulatory and Wi-Fi Alliance certification, Ensigma is the only source of an end-to-end IP solution for low power connectivity.

The combined Imagination and Andes solution is ideal for applications including home automation, health devices, location tracking, sensors, smart meters, security and wearables. It delivers low power consumption, long wireless connectivity ranges and processing power capable of running IoT software stacks.

Frankwell Lin, President, Andes Technology, commented; “RISC-V is a compact, modular and extensible architecture, which can be applied to many applications. The 2-stage pipeline N22 is the smallest RISC-V core in our V5 family but delivers an impressive performance of 3.93 CoreMark/MHz. It also can reach over 750MHz at TSMC 28nm under worst case conditions. The combination of Andes’ industry leading RISC-V processor IPs with the wide range of connectivity IPs available from Ensigma, provides the ideal solution for many IoT markets.”

“By working with Andes, we are able to provide a comprehensive solution for customers creating connected RISC-V embedded devices, enabling them to get to market faster and with the knowledge that the solution is based on proven technology, already shipped in volume,” responded Ron Black, CEO, Imagination Technologies.

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