System and Architecture Design for NB-IoT SoC - Advanced RF transceiver architecture design - Digital baseband architecture and algorithms design - SoC system, architecture and modules specification definition - SoC system and architecture design for high performance, low power and low cost - Control and interface definition Modules IP for NB-IoT SoC - Initial version of modules IP design in schematic, RTL, netlist, layout, GDSII and simulation results - Initial version modules including RF receiver, RF transmitter, frequency synthesizer, digital baseband, power management unit, control and interface logic, analog peripherals, digital peripherals and etc. - Refined modules IP design in circuit schematic, RTL, netlist, layout, GDSII and simulation results - Refined modules including RF receiver, RF transmitter, frequency synthesizer, digital baseband, power management unit, control and interface logic, analog peripherals, digital peripherals and etc. Engineering Samples of NB-IoT SoC - Initial version of engineering chip samples of NB-IoT SoC with test modules - Refined version of engineering chip samples of NB-IoT SoC with the typical performance targets as follows: 1) Supported Standard: NB-IoT standard in 3GPP Release 13 2) Modulation scheme: BPSK, QPSK 3) Frequency bands: 699-960MHz and 1710-2220MHz 4) System bandwidth: 200KHz 5) Receiver sensitivity: -109dBm 6) Receiver maximum input signal: -25dBm 7) Receiver gain control range: 85dB 8) Receiver gain step: 1dB 9) Maximum transmit power: 20dBm 10) Minimum transmit power: -40dBm 11) Transmitter gain control range: 60dB 12) Transmitter gain control step: 1dB for high output power and 6dB for low output 13) Error vector magnitude (EVM): 8% 14) Duplex mode: half duplex 15) Receiver chain number: 1 16) Transmitter chain number: 1 17) Control interface: SPI 18) Temperature: 25 ºC (Notes: BPSK: Binary Phase Shift Keying; QPSK: Quadrature Phase Shift Keying) Reference and Evaluation Board Design - Reference and evaluation board design for NB-IoT SoC in terms of schematic, layout, materials and substrate
Beijing Pinecone Electronics Co., Ltd.
Around 5 billion devices for Internet of Things (IoT) will be wirelessly connected via public cellular network by 2024 according to Machina Research's forecast. Targeting at the huge IoT market potential, Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) standard was published as part of Release 13 by The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) in June 2016. The NB-IoT standard is the global 3GPP standard specially optimized for IoT applications with low power, low cost, extended coverage and large scalability. NB-IoT is a very promising low power wide area communication technology to meet the requirement of IoT. In this full project, a system-on-chip (SoC) supporting NB-IoT standard for terminal/sensor node applications will be developed. The SoC comprises of embedded DSP core, RF transceiver, digital baseband and integrated peripherals. The SoC can be licensed to the industry to capture the huge IoT market in time. Several key technologies will be developed including low intermediate frequency (IF) RF receiver, polar RF transmitter, integrated CMOS Power Amplifier (PA), on-chip buck/boost DC-DC converter, high performance synchronizer, and high performance modulator/demodulator. This project will greatly help Hong Kong to set up a technology leading role in the field of IoT, and create a competitive edge for local IC design houses, IoT solution vendors, OEM and ODM manufacturers.