Imagination announces new iEB110 Bluetooth Low Energy v5.2 IP

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Imagination Technologies has unveiled its latest Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) IP, designed to support the Bluetooth SIG version 5.2 specification.

According to the company, the iEB110 is a complete BLE solution, that includes RF, controller software and Bluetooth Low Energy host stack. By providing a complete solution using the popular open-source Zephyr and Cordio host stacks together with a rich set of profiles, companies looking to integrate BLE IP into their solution can take advantage of reduced integration and development costs, resulting in a much quicker time to market.

Designed for integration into complex communication systems-on-chips (SoCs), the iEB110 provides a fully featured, ultra-low-power BLE v5.2 solution. It offers high performance, efficient RF, with optimum silicon area and external bill of materials (BOM). The architecture allows seamless integration with Imagination’s Wi-Fi IPs to create cost-effective multi-standard, wireless communication SoCs.

iEB110 takes advantage of the new Low Complexity Communication Codec (LC3) and efficient software algorithm to deliver crystal clear audio at the lowest power, enabling manufacturers to create small form factor, low power audio devices such as earbuds and hearing aids.

The addition of low-energy audio in v5.2 by the Bluetooth SIG is being described as a revolutionary step, which will transform the way in which audio is both consumed and shared.

iEB110 supports advanced Bluetooth 5.2 features such as Angle of Arrival/Angle of Departure (AoA / AoD) allowing sub 1m location and tracking accuracy, LE long-range operation for extended indoor and outdoor coverage, and LE-2M PHY for higher throughput.

Nick Hunn, wireless evangelist and Chair of the Bluetooth SIG Hearing Aid Working Group, said; “Originally conceived by hearing aid companies, low-energy audio has grown into one of the largest development efforts in the Bluetooth SIG’s history, laying down specifications to support the next twenty years of wireless audio innovation.”

Richard Edgar, Senior Director of Product Management, Imagination Technologies, added; “We believe that with the new rich set of features provided by the latest BLE specification, the ability of BLE to provide low-power audio solutions and accurate indoor positioning will enable a new range of exciting applications. The iEB110 has been developed to enable silicon vendors who want to integrate the latest BLE features into their products, as a quick and cost-effective solution to do so.”