White Paper: Low Power Challenges in Wireless SoCs

We explore the experience of one of our customers, and how Cortus helped to leverage existing technology into a successful industrialised wireless solution. Faced with the need to take a working first design to a more integrated solution, these radio frequency experts had a working and optimised wireless communications solution and required a digital platform to match the ultra low power RF performance, to run their application. The project's initial 16 bit design was clearly seen as inadequate, lacking processing power, flexibility and integration. These design challenges exemplify the difficulties that all IoT products face. The Cortus core and supporting digital hardware was crucial to the attaining the power budget. We discuss some of the key digital design decisions that contributed to the success, notably flexible clocking, processor sleep and software architecture. The careful digital design and close co-operation with the customer's design house was crucial to creating a successful product that retained all the radio performance of the prototype. The final design achieves a 15 year battery life, exceeding the project goals by five years. It provides a platform on which our customer, and their customers, can simply and rapidly develop a wide range of applications with robust wireless connectivity.

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Make your product stand out!

With today's rapidly emerging markets in areas such as IoT, wearables, smart sensors and smart homes, you have a great business opportunity but at the same time you face competition from around the globe. Winners will be those that stand out from the crowd.

So how do you stand out? Can you rely on software alone? At the Creative Think seminar held in July of 1982, an American computer scientist named Alan Kay offered a simple but very powerful message to the attendees:

Nothing could be truer today in the world of the IoT. However, many IoT developers have little or no experience in ASIC or hardware design, so they make the safe choice and elect to use commercial-off-the-shelf products. What have been their results? Things are created that have little product differentiation from the myriad of other IoT products that are being rushed to market, thus producing less than hoped for sales.

It is a smart choice to focus on building differentiated SoCs/ASICs that make your product stand out. But if you are using the same processor IP as everyone else, how different can your product truly be?

An Affordable, Proven Way to Stand Out

Cortus offers silicon-proven processor and peripheral IP that has enabled companies to build products that stand out from their competition. To date over 800 million integrated circuits have been manufactured containing Cortus cores. Applications have included IoT edge devices, smart sensors, industrial control, touchscreen controllers, SIM cards, vision systems, security and automotive among others.

Cortus and its partners provide the peripherals, software development tools, connectivity, security, middleware and RTOSs needed for outstanding SoCs/ASICs.

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