STM Incorporates Ceva Cellular IP in NB-IoT Industrial Module

July 10, 2024

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Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) has emerged as a revolutionary cellular communication technology tailored for low-power, wide-area (LPWA) connectivity. This innovative technology facilitates efficient data transmission for a diverse range of IoT devices and services, catering to the evolving needs of the digital era.

The Ceva-Waves Dragonfly platform stands out as a game-changer in the realm of NB-IoT solutions. By integrating a Ceva-BX1 processor, an optimized RF transceiver, baseband, and a protocol stack, this platform offers a comprehensive Release 15 Cat-NB2 modem IP solution. Not only does it streamline time-to-market processes, but it also reduces entry barriers for businesses looking to capitalize on the potential of NB-IoT.

According to the Ericsson Mobility Report, the proliferation of cellular IoT connections is projected to surge from 3 billion in 2023 to a staggering 6.1 billion by 2029, reflecting a remarkable compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12%. In response to this exponential growth trajectory, the ST87M01 module, which integrates the Ceva-Waves Dragonfly platform, is strategically positioned to cater to a wide spectrum of IoT applications.

ST87M01 is engineered to empower IoT applications across various sectors, including smart meters, smart grid systems, smart buildings, smart cities, and smart infrastructure projects. Additionally, it is well-suited for industrial applications such as condition monitoring, factory automation, smart agriculture, and environmental surveillance. The module's versatility extends to tracking applications like pet, child, and elder location tracking, safety monitoring for remote workers, asset tracking for equipment, and intelligent logistics management.

Domenico Arrigo, General Manager of the Application Specific Product Division at STMicroelectronics, commended the Ceva-Waves Dragonfly platform for its pivotal role in the development of the ST87M01 NB-IoT/GNSS full in-house module. The seamless collaboration and top-notch engineering support provided by the Ceva team were instrumental in bringing this cutting-edge module to fruition.

Tal Shalev, Vice President and General Manager of the Wireless IoT Business Unit at Ceva, emphasized the collaborative efforts with STMicroelectronics to enhance cellular IoT performance and power efficiency. The ST87M01 NB-IoT/GNSS module exemplifies a remarkable convergence of technological prowess and industrial market demands, setting new benchmarks in the NB-IoT landscape.

The Ceva-Waves Dragonfly platform represents a holistic eNB-IoT IP solution that caters to a diverse array of applications. This fully software-configurable platform can be augmented with multi-constellation GNSS and sensor fusion capabilities, offering unparalleled flexibility and adaptability. With a reference silicon design encompassing an embedded CMOS RF transceiver, advanced digital front-end, physical layer firmware, and a comprehensive protocol stack, the Dragonfly platform is poised to redefine the future of NB-IoT technology.

For more information on the Ceva-Waves Dragonfly platform, visit www.ceva-ip.com/product/dragonfly.

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