Low power Multi-Mode Connectivity IP – Bluetooth/802.15.4

The low power Connectivity IP is an IP that is suited for a wide range of SoC integrations. It features Bluetooth Basic Rate BR, Extended Data Rate EDR (2 and 3 Mb/s modes) and Bluetooth Low Energy LE. It is fully compliant with Bluetooth Core Specification Version 4.2 and prepared for compliance with all PHY-related features of Version 5.0, including 2 Mbps and Long Range modes. Additionally it supports Clause 10 of the IEEE802.15.4 Standard (DSSS-OQPSK in the 2.45 GHz ISM band for ZigBee).

A co-existence and prioritization scheme helps enable cooperation between the Bluetooth BR/EDR and LE modes and the 802.15.4 mode in the IP. For co-existence with ISM-band W-LAN transceivers, a PTA interface has been implemented.

The IP includes the RF transceiver, digital modem, Baseband Resource Manager, Link and Device Managers and HCI command and data interface subsystems. It is designed for manufacturing in 28 nm technology.


  • Fully compliant to Bluetooth Core Specification V4.2
  • Prepared for V5.0 (2 Mbps and Long Range modes, AoA and AoD, Stable Modulation Index and Low-Latency Reconnections)
  • Supports Bluetooth Basic Rate (BR), Extended Data Rate (EDR) and Low Energy (LE, all bit rates)
  • Supports DSSS-OQPSK in the 2.45 GHz ISM band for 802.15.4 (ZigBee)
  • 7 active and 255 parked slaves in BR and EDR mode
  • Scatternet: up to 3 piconets simultaneously
  • Up to 64 simultaneous connections in LE mode
  • Prioritization mechanism for co-existence between LE and BR/EDR modes and 802.15.4 mode
  • PTA mechanism for W-LAN co-existence
  • Low power consumption
  • Low-cost BOM
  • Optimized frequency plan for on-chip co-existence
  • Contains BR/EDR stack up to HCI
  • Contains LE stack up to HCI
  • Contains 802.15.4 MAC
  • Excellent blocking performance, exceeding Standard
  • Single-pin, single-ended 50 Ω RF interface which can be shared with low-band RF port of Catena’s WiFi IP
  • Efficient PA delivering up to +10 dBm (Bluetooth EDR)
  • Digital-intensive RF design with auto-calibration mechanisms for robustness and flexibility
  • Reference crystal oscillator (13 MHz – 52 MHz)
  • LPO crystal oscillator (32.768 kHz) for sleep clock
  • General-purpose ADC for user applications
  • On-board RAM for firmware updates (patch area)

Technology Partner


Catena is an international group of innovative companies, experts in system and architectures as well as in the design of Integrated Circuits and independent System IP. Since its establishment in 1986, Catena has been recognized as the partner of choice for global IC makers in designing wireless connectivity and sensor electronics system solutions created by world-class RF, signal processing and system architecture experts.

Catena provides full custom IC developments as well as complete system IP for various applications, enabling its customers fast time-to-market. The developments are mainly one chip solutions including RF, Analog, Mixed Signal, Digital Signal Processing, Embedded Cores, Embedded Software and tooling.

Catena is a 100% NXP-owned strong radio IP & design services resource (140 persons). It has experience with licensing to 3rd parties of “hard” (frontend) and “soft” (digital) radio IPs such as FM RX & TX, ZigBee, GPS RX, WIFI. Catena announced further partnerships with IP house CEVA and foundry Global Foundries.


  • 1.35 V PA supply for BR/EDR modes
  • 0.95 V digital supply
  • Temperature range -40 - +125 °C (junction)
  • Sensitivity
    • BR -95 dBm
    • EDR (2 Mb/s) -98 dBm
    • EDR (3 Mb/s) -87 dBm
    • LE (1 Mb/s) -98 dBm
    • 802.15.4 (250 kb/s) -100 dBm
  • Pout +10 dBm (all modes), 24 dB control range
  • Peak active power consumption (full IP)
    • RX mode: 9 mW (all modes)
    • TX mode: 13 mW (0 dBm, all modes)
      50 mW (+10 dBm, all modes)