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CEVA goes up against ARM with hybrid DSP/controller architecture

CEVA, the dominant provider of licensable IP for digital signal processors (DSPs) in the cellular market, has announced a “hybrid DSP/controller architecture” called CEVA-BX, which aims to expand the firm’s reach by sitting between a traditional DSP and a programmable, multi-purpose microcontroller (MCU). This approach is becoming necessary for next generation, multimedia consumer devices, 5G PHY control, neutral networks and many other applications, according to the company. It says CEVA-BX combines the “low power requirements of DSP kernels with high level programming … but with the compact code size requirements” of control code. The platform would enable a more streamlined, cost effective approach in a device which might currently use a combination of special purpose DSPs (for audio perhaps), together…

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