San Jose, CA - March 31, 2004 - CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CEVA; LSE:
CVA), the leading licensor of Digital Signal Processing (DSP) cores and
communications solutions to the semiconductor industry, further
demonstrated its leadership in licensable Serial ATA technology with the
announcement that it's Xpert-Connect Serial ATA platform achieved
successful interoperability with all SATA-compliant products of leading
vendors at the Serial ATA Plugfest 2004 in Longmont, Colorado.
Serial ATA (SATA) is the next generation storage interface standard
which is replacing the existing Parallel ATA physical storage interface,
allowing significantly improved performance and reliability for data
transfer in a low-cost, low-power solution.
Interoperability was demonstrated at plugfest using CEVA's
Xpert-Connect SATA validation platform, consisting of an FPGA containing
the SATA Protocol Layers interfaced with CEVA's PHY chip (0.13um TSMC).
Optional features such as Spread Spectrum Clocking were also successfully
verified providing licensees of Xpert-Connect SATA the added benefits of
reduced Electro Magnetic Interference (EMI).
Exploiting an innovative architecture, Xpert-Connect delivers ultra
low-power consumption in Serial ATA communications. The PHY, which
consumes less than 80mW, is the lowest power licensable solution in the
industry, making it ideally suited for portable consumer products such as
MP3 players, Digital Cameras, Camcorders and other applications using the
newest miniature hard disk drives. Xpert-Connect's ultra low-power
capability offers immense benefits for solutions that require multiple
SATA ports, such as RAID Controllers, Telecoms Data-loggers and PCs. The
platform can integrate as many as 16 to 24 PHY channels on a single SoC
without compromising the chip's thermal performance.
In addition to ultra low-power consumption, the innovative architecture
of the PHY facilitates right-first-time porting to alternative
"Demonstrating complete interoperability with SATA compliant products
on show, represents another important milestone for our Xpert-Connect SATA
solution," said John Ryan, Vice President of Communications at CEVA. "The
unbeatable sub 80mW power-consumption coupled with exceptionally robust
link performance, makes Xpert-Connect SATA a compelling solution for the
current wave of applications looking to integrate Serial ATA
About Xpert-Connect SATA
Xpert-Connect SATA is a compete, verified Serial ATA licensable
platform combining a SATA 1.5Gbps PHY and a Link/Transport/Command
Protocol stack, and is fully compliant to the Serial ATA Revision 1.0a
specification. The SATA PHY is supplied in the form of a GDSII hard macro
with simulation models and physical views. The SATA Protocol (PHY Control,
Link, Transport and Command/DMA layers) is delivered in the form of an RTL
package, and supported by a comprehensive test bench environment plus
physical design scripts for realization on the target semiconductor
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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