CEVA Announces Launch and Licensing of Xpert-Blue Bluetooth Communications IP
San Jose, CA - January 26, 2004 - CEVA, Inc., (NASDAQ: CEVA;
LSE: CVA), the leading licensor of Digital Signal Processor (DSP) cores
and communication solutions to the semiconductor industry, today announced
the launch of Xpert-Blue, a fully-compliant Bluetooth™ Version 1.2
solution. Xpert-Blue has already been licensed by two leading wireless
manufacturers for use in a range of communication and digital multimedia
Bluetooth is one of the semiconductor industries fastest growing
communication technologies with an estimated 100 million Bluetooth enabled
devices forecast to ship in 2004. Version 1.2 of the Bluetooth standard
introduces new features to improve ease-of-use and reliability. Xpert-Blue
delivers the complete Bluetooth v1.2 solution, integrating baseband, DSP
processor, RAM, ROM and complete host controller software stack. New
licensees of Xpert-Blue benefit from rapid time-to-certification and
time-to-market for Bluetooth enabled products. Existing licensees of
CEVA's Bluetooth v1.1 IP can avail of a software upgrade to make their
solutions v1.2 compliant.
Xpert-Blue can be powered by either CEVA-Teak, CEVA-TeakLite or CEVA-X
DSP cores giving licensees the advantage of integrated DSP/Bluetooth
applications - an ideal solution for Bluetooth enabled voice, audio and
video products such as cellphones, wireless headsets, modems, gaming
consoles, digital camera's etc. Additional software solutions for CEVA
DSPs include MP3, AAC, AMR, MPEG4, VoIP, V.90, GPS and GSM/GPRS modems.
Xpert-Blue is also available as an ARM7 based drop-in macro.
"We are pleased to have sustained our leadership in Bluetooth
technology by being one of the first to have launched and licensed a fully
compliant Bluetooth Version 1.2 solution," said Martin Farnan, Wireless
Business Development Director of CEVA. "Xpert-Blue opens up a wealth of
product possibilities for our DSP licensees combining the advantages of
Bluetooth connectivity with digital processing in one complete solution."
Key features of Xpert-Blue include:
Multiple processor support
Multiple codec support
Low RAM usage
Low program code
About Bluetooth v1.2
With the recent adoption of the Bluetooth Specification Version 1.2 by
the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), the Bluetooth market is
expected to double to 100 million units in 2004, according to IMS
Research. The new specification introduces many new features that will
improve the ease-of-use and reliability of Bluetooth products, increasing
the demand for the technology. Bluetooth 1.2 features include;
Adaptive Frequency Hopping (AFH) designed to reduce
interference between Bluetooth devices and other wireless technologies,
such as 802.11b and 802.11g.
Processing, providing an improved quality for voice transmissions over
Bluetooth in frequency noisy environments.
interoperability between Bluetooth devices, allowing for faster
compatibility with Bluetooth v1.1
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 www.ceva-dsp.com.
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*Bluetooth is a trademark owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and
is used by CEVA under license.
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the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on November 13, 2003.