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Cortus and Rivierawaves have announced a partnership to develop a range of complete, turnkey, easy-to-integrate Bluetooth IP solutions for applications such as wireless sensors and automation devices.

The Ricow platform is a complete, fully-qualified, Bluetooth low-energy solution, specifically designed for ultra-low-power systems requiring long battery life.

The IP is a complete solution combining Rivierawaves’ RF, modem and baseband hardware and the protocol stack running on the integrated APS3 processor from Cortus.

All these elements form a common reference platform including bus system, memory interfaces and peripherals.

This ready-to-use integrated solution, called the Ricow platform, is said to ensure first-time success and reduces time-to-market when used as the backbone of an SoC, or as a sub-system in a bigger SoC such as baseband or application processors.

Ange Aznar, president and chief executive officer at Rivierawaves, said: ‘The APS3 processor core provides more than enough processing power to not only run our Bluetooth protocol stacks but also demanding customer applications, while allowing us to achieve an ultra-low-power system.

‘The tiny silicon footprint ensures that our customers can integrate Bluetooth into their systems without dramatically increasing their budgets,’ Aznar added.

Rivierawaves provides a set of Bluetooth IP blocks composed of basebands, modem, radio and software protocol stack to address Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, Bluetooth 3.0 and Bluetooth 4.0 (aka Bluetooth low energy) standards for integration into system on chips.

The Bluetooth IP blocks are flexible to accommodate the requirements of any Bluetooth-enabled product such as sport and fitness wireless sensors, medical wireless sensors, watches, remote controllers, home/building control and automation devices, set top boxes, mobile phones, PCs/laptops, audio peripherals (mono/stereo headsets, hands free car kits, stereo speakers).

The Cortus APS3 is a fully 32-bit processor designed specifically for embedded systems.

It features a tiny silicon footprint (the same size as an 8051), very low power consumption, high code density and high performance.

A full development environment (for C and C++), is available, which is available for customisation and branding for final customer use.

The ecosystem around the APS3 includes tools, peripherals typical of embedded systems, bus bridges to ensure easy interfacing to other IP and system support and functions such as cache and memory management units.

For demanding designs the APS3 can be used in a multi-core configuration.

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