Synopsys partners with Nestwave to develop GNSS for IoT Modems

Synopsys partners with Nestwave to develop GNSS for IoT Modems

Synopsys Inc, a leading provider of high-quality, silicon-proven IP solutions for SoC designs, and Nestwave, a provider of innovative geolocation solutions to IoT and GNSS chip manufacturer, have reportedly revealed that they are partnering up to fuse Nestwave's softcore GPS navigation IP with the Synopsys DesignWare® ARC® IoT Communications IP Subsystem.

Sources cite that the collaboration seeks to establish a complete power efficient GNNS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) solution for integration into IoT modems. When combined, a geolocation solution that provides greater accuracy, less energy consumption, and lower expenses in comparison with existing GNSS solutions would be delivered.

This relationship gives designers a power effective, high-precision GPS solution for battery-operated systems without the added expense of a specialized GNSS chip. At the Synopsys ARC Interactive Summit Processor on Wednesday 9 September 2020, the Joint Proposal will be presented.

The ARC IoT Communications IP Subsystem incorporates the Synopsys DSP enhanced ARC EM9D processor, hardware accelerators, peripherals, and an RF interface to provide powerful DSP performance for low bandwidth IoT applications.

Nestwave's GNSS solution uses ARC EM9D processor's effective DSP capabilities and ability to add devoted hardware accelerators or custom instructions by using APEX technology to decrease frequency requirements, offering client’s added performance bandwidth.

The MetaWare toolkit, which is supported by the ARC EM9D processor, includes a robust library of DSP features that allows software engineers to incorporate algorithms from traditional DSP building blocks easily.

For the usage in IoT applications, Nestwave has developed a solution for ultra-low-power, advanced global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). The technology provides cost-efficient geolocation for emerging applications, including asset monitoring, smart factories, and smart cities, when combined with an IoT modem, such as Cat M1, LoRa,  NB-IoT, or Sigfox, without the need for an additional GNSS chip.

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