SAN JOSE, Calif. - June 23, 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 expanded its Serial Communications Intellectual
Property (IP) portfolio with the release of Xpert-Connect SGMII.
The Serial Gigabit Media Independent Interface (SGMII) from Cisco
Systems provides a low power and robust solution for connecting external
Gigabit Ethernet PHY chips to the corresponding MAC layers embedded in a
separate SoC. Today, the vast majority of Gigabit Ethernet-enabled chips
shipped use the parallel GMII interface standard to link the MAC and PHY
components. With the rapidly increasing adoption of Gigabit Ethernet,
next-generation chip designs need to integrate multiple Gigabit Ethernet
ports. Serial GMII provides the optimal solution for replacing the
existing parallel GMII, significantly reducing the pin and power budget
for the MAC-PHY interface.
SGMII is poised to be the dominant MAC-PHY interface in the next wave
of Gigabit Ethernet-enabled silicon in enterprise and carrier network
equipment, SOHO equipment, PCs, laptops and high-end multimedia processing
Using CEVA's Xpert-Connect SGMII IP, the Serial GMII interface can be
implemented with the lowest possible pin and power budget. Building on the
advanced, ultra-low power Xpert-Connect serialiser/deserialiser (serdes)
technology, CEVA provides a physical layer interface with an embedded
clock, which both removes the need for a separate clock line to time the
data transfer and removes the power associated with driving the separate
clock. Furthermore, this embedded clock approach eliminates clock to data
timing skew issues, resulting in a highly robust interface.
"The exceptionally low power of our Xpert-Connect serdes technology
enables new levels of integration to be achieved in many applications
traditionally employing parallel busses for connectivity," said John Ryan,
Vice President of Communications at CEVA. "Through our advanced physical
layer technology and fully compliant SGMII link protocol layer, CEVA
provides a comprehensive solution to customers looking to implement
Xpert-Connect is a growing family of connectivity IP based on advanced,
low power, physical layer technology. In addition to SGMII, Xpert-Connect
technology has been developed into IP solutions for FibreChannel and
Serial ATA. For more information, visit www.ceva-dsp.com/sgmii
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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