IP Development

Targeting the needs of multi-gigabit designs in the mmWave frequency bands between 57-71 GHz, Blu Wireless has developed a wide range of innovative wireless, DSP, CPU, and arithmetic IP. Primarily designed as building blocks for its HYDRA family of modem IPs to meet the needs of the and .11 ay specifications, with a roadmap in place to achieve >30 Gbps per link. This technology, and our team’s expertise, can be used to accelerate the development of other standards or to enhance custom mmWave products.

Based on the 802.11 ad and IEEE 802.11 ay standards, Blu Wireless’s HYDRA mmWave Silicon IP Products enable our customers to implement high-performance ICs for a variety of high bandwidth and 5G applications

Blu Wireless Silicon IP

HYDRA Family

HYDRA1.X is a family of Blu Wireless’s flexible, licensable baseband IPs for Gigabit wireless ICs based on IEEE 802.11ad with feature and performance extensions for carrier-grade networking. The IPs are compatible with mainstream beamforming radios and are supported by the Blu Wireless network driver host software for Linux. HYDRA1.x delivers the basis for competitive silicon, enabling economically smart, multi-gigabit products with low-power consumption.

HYDRA2.X from Blu Wireless is a family of next-generation baseband technology for mmWave wireless applications, based on IEEE 802.11ay with throughputs of more than 10 Gbps per sector. The flexible, scalable HYDRA2.X architecture will support all mandatory features of IEEE 802.11-2016 DMG modes including SC 64 QAM along with an extended set of Blu Wireless extensions for carrier-grade access in backhaul, private network, defence and high-speed transport applications.

Minimising interference, maximising performance

Turnkey 5G SoC Development

Built on Blu Wireless’s unique HYDRA IP designed for multi-Gigabit mmWave communications products and exploiting experience and expertise of the world class design team, Blu Wireless can offer customers a full turnkey product development service. This can be adapted to the exact customer requirements, and we can provide support ranging from analysing system requirements for mmWave to tailoring the silicon system on chip solution to the customer’s specific application needs. Drawing on decades of experience the team can advise on the requirements set and provide consultancy for programme planning and best trade-off between cost, feature set, time to market, and performance. After consultancy, our team will then implement the agreed specification, and translate the concept into reality.

Turnkey SoC Development

“Arm understands the importance of being able to anticipate market needs and then deliver the technology required to address them. Blu Wireless has done this for mmWave links for 5G infrastructure applications, and we look forward to seeing them build on the world class team, expertise and IP they have created in this space.”

Noel Hurley, VP & GM Strategy, ARM  

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A jointly developed go-to-market plan

The flexibility of the HYDRA architecture combined with a robust system on chip design flow, can provide a high degree of customisability for the final solution.

  • We run through the data flows and application use cases with you in order to define all required blocks that are to be assembled into the SoC. At this stage we also assess key performance metrics.
  • This will inform the basis of the SoC architecture solution, including: the NoC topology, floorplan, padring sections, front-end subsystems and subsystems partitioning strategies.
  • The DFT architecture will be defined as part of the SoC architecture. All DFT features are designed to achieve the target coverage and facilitate the development and application of manufacturing tests.
  • Functional Verification: our team implements the most robust functional verification sign off, to ensure our SoCs only tape out when 100% justified coverage is achieved. Our bespoke hierarchical verification strategy is designed in tandem with our microarchitecture to ensure verification is delivered on time.

In short, based on a jointly developed go-to-market plan, Blu Wireless can manage the complete process from requirements capture and definition to a production-ready design including packaging and production test development. Getting you to market – fast.

Go to market plan

Target Applications

  • High-Speed Transport connectivity
  • Mobile Backhaul and Fronthaul infrastructure
  • Smart City and Public Safety communications
  • Tactical Defence communications
  • Mesh networks
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