Synopsys BLE Link Layer and PHY IP Achieve Bluetooth 5 Compliance

The silicon-proven Synopsys DesignWare Bluetooth Low Energy Link Layer IP and PHY IP in industry-standard 40 nm and 55 nm processes have achieved Bluetooth 5 qualification and have been declared compliant by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. Achieving qualification ensures the robustness of the IP and that it functions as expected within a system-on-chip (SoC).

The DesignWare Bluetooth IP solution has been validated with third-party software stack providers, including SEARAN, to provide designers with a complete hardware and software solution. The IP has been tested in third-party interoperability workshops to ensure that it operates reliably in real-world environments. The new BLE PHY IP delivers up to 60 percent smaller area compared to the previous Bluetooth PHY solution, providing designers with a compact, low-power wireless IP solution for IoT applications such as medical, smart appliances, smart thermostats and wearables.

Synopsys' Bluetooth 5 Link Layer and PHY IP solutions support Bluetooth mesh and enable secure wireless connectivity with extended reach, and data rates up to 2 Mbps with an integrated on-chip transceiver matching network. The PHY also supports the IEEE 802.15.4 standard for connectivity over wireless networks such as Zigbee or Thread. With more than 15 years of analog and radio frequency (RF) design experience and a portfolio of silicon-proven IP shipping in volume, Synopsys provides a robust wireless IP solution for integration into SoCs.

Connected devices like wearables, smart locks and smart thermostats require Bluetooth technology to communicate wirelessly at extremely low power. By providing a silicon-proven and qualified BLE Link Layer and PHY IP solution, Synopsys is enabling designers to integrate the required functionality into their SoCs to ensure compliance, interoperability and robustness of their designs.

The next-generation Bluetooth Low Energy PHY IP in 40-nm process is scheduled to be available in Q4 of 2017. Synopsys' DesignWare Bluetooth Low Energy Link Layer IP and PHY IP in 40-nm and 55-nm are available now.