SAN JOSE, Calif. - July 07, 2004 - CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CEVA;
LSE: CVA), the leading licensor of Digital Signal Processing (DSP) cores
and communications solutions to the semiconductor industry, today
announced that it has signed an agreement with Brillian Corporation
(NASDAQ: BRLC) to develop a next-generation 720p and 1080p microdisplay
controller chip. The new controller chip will be used with Brillian's
patent-pending Gen II liquid-crystal-on-silicon (LCoS™) microdisplay
technology in high-definition televisions (HDTVs) for original equipment
manufacturer (OEM) customers.
Brillian is leveraging its industry-leading position to develop and
manufacture turnkey rear-projection, high-definition televisions for
brand-name OEMs and retailers, who will sell the products under their own
private labels. Future Brillian 720p and 1080p products will be based on
the microdisplay controller SoC developed in conjunction with CEVA. Using
this advanced custom controller chip, the full potential of Brillian's Gen
II LCoS™ display technology can be realized to deliver outstanding
performance and a breakthrough in image quality that sets a new standard
for HDTV performance.
With a full suite of skills from system definition, digital and mixed
signal Integrated Circuit (IC) design, layout, and verification, coupled
with a world leading IP portfolio, CEVA is perfectly positioned to deliver
market-leading solutions for customers like Brillian. The development of
the HDTV microdisplay driver chipset with Brillian further extends CEVA's
comprehensive presence in the digital home multimedia market. In 2003,
licensees of CEVA technology shipped over 30 million units in the digital
home multimedia market, spanning DVD recorders, Set Top Boxes, Games
Consoles and Digital Audio Entertainment Systems.
According to Rajan Kapur, Vice President of Development at Brillian,
"CEVA's breadth of skills and foundry independence were critical to our
initial selection. Previous developments with CEVA have proven to us that
they put a great deal of emphasis on providing high-quality design,
project management, and service. This latest agreement to develop a key
element of our product roadmap reflects our satisfaction with CEVA's
capabilities to deliver on this very challenging technology."
Commenting on the agreement, John Ryan, Vice President of
Communications IP and Integration Services at CEVA, said, "We are
delighted to apply our design and development expertise to develop a
world-leading High-Definition television chipset solution for Brillian.
The success of our relationship with Brillian is further testimony to the
capabilities of our highly experienced engineering consultants."
About Brillian Corporation
Brillian Corporation designs and develops rear-projection HDTVs
targeted at retailers and their end-user customers looking for
breakthrough performance and image quality that sets a benchmark in HDTV
price/performance. The company is the first and only provider of Gen II
LCoS(TM) technology used in these products. In addition to its
high-definition televisions, Brillian also offers a broad line of LCoS(TM)
microdisplay products and subsystems that OEMs integrate into proprietary
HDTV products, multimedia projectors, and near-to-eye products such as
monocular and binocular headsets. Brillian's LCoS(TM) microdisplay
technologies address the market demand for a high-performance display
solution with high image fidelity, high-resolution scalability, and high
contrast ratios. The company's website is www.brilliancorp.com.
About CEVA, Inc.
Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., CEVA is the leading licensor of digital signal processor (DSP) cores, multimedia, GPS and storage platforms to the semiconductor industry. CEVA licenses a family of programmable DSP cores, associated SoC system platforms and a portfolio of application platforms including multimedia, audio, Voice over Packet (VoP), GPS location, Bluetooth, Serial Attached SCSI and Serial ATA (SATA). In 2005 CEVA's IP was shipped in over 115 million devices. CEVA was created through the merger of the DSP licensing division of DSP Group and Parthus Technologies. For more information, visit ceva-dsp.com.
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