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Aura and Mindtree partner on Bluetooth for IoT

Steve Rogerson
March 30, 2017
Indian companies Aura Semiconductor and Mindtree have partnered to create complete Bluetooth Low Energy 5 wireless connectivity for IoT devices.
Aura is a provider of RF transceivers and has what it claims is the world’s smallest IoT radio transceiver IP for the BTLE 5 standard; it is capable of seamless coexistence with other RF technologies. Aura’s RF hard IP occupies less than 0.5mm2, has an RX peak current of 5mA and a TX peak current of 5.4mA from a 1.1V rail. It is built using TSMC’s 40nm process node.
“We have designed our RF transceivers to deliver best-in-class performance, while maintaining the lowest power consumption at a third of the area of most of our competitors,” said Srinath Sridharan, CEO of Aura. “Our combined solution has been licensed by a tier-one semiconductor vendor on the 40nm process node and we expect many more design-wins in the near future.”
Mindtree is in its 18th year of offering a portfolio of Bluetooth intellectual property (IP). The IP portfolio includes certified, customisable, low power and footprint silicon IP for Bluetooth Smart 4.2 and 5, and compact, complete certified protocol stack and profiles software for Bluetooth Smart and Bluetooth Smart Ready.
“Customers look for pre-integrated solutions to minimise the risk to their products and our solution addresses this core need,” said Jayanth Krishna, general manager at Mindtree. “This solution which combines Mindtree’s optimised Bluetooth IP and Aura’s high performance radio reduces time to market for our customers and provides them a competitive edge.”
Aura is a fabless semiconductor company targeting the IoT radios, timing and portable audio markets. The company was founded in 2010 by engineers with global semiconductor product development experience, and is located in Bangalore, India. It recently closed on a Series A round of funding with WRV Capital, a Bay Area venture capital firm. The products designed with Aura’s core technology and IP are sampling with customers worldwide.
Mindtree delivers digital transformation and technology services from ideation to execution. The company takes an agile, collaborative approach to creating customised products across the digital value chain. At the same time, its expertise in infrastructure and applications management helps optimise IT into a strategic asset.