First OTA call on commercial NB-IoT network completed using Nurlink’s CEVA-powered eNB-IoT SoC
19 June 2019
Successful over-the-air call completed on China Telecom’s NB-IoT network using Nurlink NK6010 Cat-NB2 SoC, based on CEVA-Dragonfly NB2 IP.
CEVA, a licensor of signal processing platforms & artificial intelligence processors for smarter, connected devices, and Nurlink Technology, a fabless IC design company specialising in cellular IoT wireless communications, has announced the successful completion of the first over-the-air (OTA) call on China Telecom’s NB-IoT network using the Nurlink NK6010 NB-IoT System-on-Chip (SoC). The test was carried out in Nanjing, China, with the Nurlink SoC connecting to China Telecom’s Cloud IoT Platform over the NB-IoT network. It represents an important milestone towards mass market production of Nurlink’s CEVA-Dragonfly NB2 based SoC.
“We are immensely proud to complete our first over-the-air call on one of the world’s most-advanced NB-IoT networks, in less than 15 months after beginning our SoC design,” said Dr. Xiaohua Kong, Nurlink CEO. “The CEVA-Dragonfly NB2 platform, along with CEVA’s excellent technical support, provided the solid foundation that enabled us to achieve this milestone so quickly.”
“CEVA is committed to ensuring that NB-IoT is the long-range connectivity ‘standard-of-choice’ for IoT devices by offering a comprehensive NB-IoT IP solution that significantly lowers the entry barriers for companies looking to integrate this technology into their SoC designs,” said Ange Aznar, Vice President & General Manager of the Wireless IoT Business Unit at CEVA. “Nurlink’s latest milestone is highly impressive and represents a strong endorsement of both the excellence of their engineering team and of the capabilities of our CEVA-Dragonfly NB2 IP to rapidly advance NB-IoT SoC design.”
NK6010 is an ultra-low cost and power-efficient NB-IoT SoC designed specifically for narrowband connectivity in mass market IoT devices such as smart meters, wearables, asset trackers and industrial sensors. Built based on the CEVA-Dragonfly NB2 solution, the SoC incorporates RF front-end, RF transceiver, cellular baseband, power management unit and application processor, to minimise the chip size and cost of the solution. It supports full NB-IoT frequency bands with major global carriers, ensuring smooth and rapid certification of devices on any NB-IoT commercial network around the world. The SoC also includes an extremely low-power multi-GNSS subsystem, which supports GPS/Beidou/Galileo/GLONASS global navigation systems. This subsystem allows fast positioning, while also supporting highly-accurate device tracking. NK6010 is currently undergoing testing with operators worldwide and expected to enter mass production later this year.
The CEVA-Dragonfly NB2 IP solution is a modular technology, composed of the CEVA-X1 IoT processor, an optimised RF Transceiver, baseband, and a protocol stack to offer a complete Release 14 Cat-NB2 modem IP solution that significantly reduces time-to-market and lowers entry barriers. It is a fully software-configurable solution and can be extended with multi-constellation GNSS and sensor fusion functionality. The IP includes a reference silicon of the complete modem design, including an embedded CMOS RF transceiver and PA, an advanced digital front-end, physical layer firmware and a protocol stack (MAC, RLC, PDCP, RRC, and NAS). For more information, visit www.ceva-dsp.com/product/dragonfly
CEVA will be showcasing its full suite of CEVA connectivity and smart sensing IPs at #MWC19 Shanghai, June 26-28: www.ceva-dsp.com/event/mwc-shanghai-2019/
Nurlink Technology, founded in 2017, is a fabless IC design company with subsidiaries and offices in California, Nanjing, Shenzhen, Beijing and Hong Kong. Leveraging its world-class talents in RF analogue, modem, GNSS, and SoC systems and software, Nurlink Technology commits to delivering the best RF/SoC chips for powering the next-generation cellular IoT wireless communications, such as mMTC, while enhancing significant cost and performance advantages for customers. The current product portfolio from Nurlink Technology includes NB-IoT and cat-M SoCs, serving numerous markets including smart meter, smart city, wearables, asset tracking and more.
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