Posted: July 9, 2014

CEVA announced that it has acquired RivieraWaves, a privately held company and a leading provider of wireless connectivity IP for Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® technologies. RivieraWaves expands CEVA’s licensing and royalty revenue base in its existing markets: including smartphones, tablets and small cells, and extends the company’s market reach to include emerging markets such as wearables, the smart home, connected cars and the Internet of Things (IoT). Collectively, CEVA’s addressable market is expected to exceed 35 billion connected devices by 2020, according to ABI Research. The acquisition synergistically adds to CEVA’s collective IP portfolio, establishing the company as a ‘one-stop-shop’ provider for a broad range of applications, including vision, audio, communications and now connectivity.

RivieraWaves is a prominent and leading IP vendor specializing in wireless connectivity platforms for integration into high volume, System-on-Chips (SoCs). Its latest Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth Smart 4.1 IPs are complete solutions, composed of both the PHY and MAC layers along with system and RF support, and are already deployed with leading semiconductor companies. RivieraWaves’ Wi-Fi and Bluetooth IPs are available in both a power-efficient hardware-based design and a DSP-based design which provides flexibility for differentiation and a unified platform for LTE and Wi-Fi.

CEVA and RivieraWaves have successfully collaborated to address the Wi-Fi market for the last two years. The companies already have multiple joint customers deploying RivieraWaves’ Wi-Fi IP on a CEVA DSP targeting mobile devices and the connected home.

Gideon Wertheizer, CEO of CEVA, commented: “RivieraWaves in an excellent acquisition fit for CEVA, enabling us to further expand into the connectivity IP space with production-proven leading-edge technologies, including the most advanced standards in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. We have witnessed first-hand the strong competency, innovative technology and customer traction that the RivieraWaves team has managed to achieve to date and warmly welcome the team to the CEVA family.”

Ange Aznar, CEO of RivieraWaves, commented: “We are proud and excited to join CEVA, having successfully cooperated with them in the last two years for several joint customers. Our market-leading connectivity IP is highly complementary to their existing portfolio and together we are in a position to expand and strengthen CEVA’s customer base and market reach. We look forward to embarking on a successful new chapter within CEVA.”

Under the terms of the agreement, CEVA has agreed to pay approximately $19 million to acquire RivieraWaves. CEVA will make an initial payment of approximately $12 million at closing with the rest payable upon satisfaction of certain performance and other milestones as well as a two year retention plan for the current RivieraWaves’ employees.

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