CEVA Expands Storage Interface Offering With Comprehensive Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) IP Solution
SAN JOSE, Calif. - October 11, 2005 - CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CEVA;
LSE: CVA) the leading licensor of digital signal processor (DSP) cores,
multimedia, GPS and storage platforms to the semiconductor industry, today
unveiled CEVA-SAS™, a comprehensive solution for implementing Serial
Attached SCSI (SAS) in SoC designs. Building on CEVA's success and
experience in the Serial ATA (SATA) market and its proven expertise in
delivering IP solutions, the company's latest offering represents the
first open-foundry commercial offering of an IP solution for this rapidly
emerging serial storage interface. The full-featured, high-quality IP
package reduces the risk and time required to implement SAS in an
integrated IC design, eliminating the need for a standalone chip to
perform this function.
Serial interfaces are poised to rapidly overtake their parallel
predecessors in the storage interface market. This is true both in
consumer applications where SATA is evolving as the interface of choice,
and in enterprise storage where SAS is taking the SCSI interface to new
levels of flexibility, scalability, performance and reliability. In
addition to leveraging the enormous installed base of SCSI software, a key
facet of Serial Attached SCSI is that it is compatible with SATA, which
enables an enterprise storage system to mix and match SAS and SATA hard
drives. This flexibility gives SAS-enabled products a compelling advantage
in the dynamic and ever-changing world of enterprise storage.
"SAS will offer backward-compatibility with legacy SCSI data protocols
and forward physical backplane compatibility with SATA, combined with
enhanced dual-ported speed and scalability for emerging enterprise
applications," said John Monroe, a research vice president at Gartner. "We
have no doubt that SAS will be the legitimate heir to parallel SCSI, which
will disappear entirely during the next five years. Semiconductor and
storage system vendors should coordinate the timely design and integration
of new products with the assumption that SAS will be the dominant hard
disk drive interface in multi-user markets, with a forecast share of 47.6
percent in 2009(1) ."
CEVA-SAS is a complete hardware/software solution for integrating SAS
into a storage IC, spanning from an API interface at the customer's RAID
stack software down to the physical serial interface at the wire.
The solution is offered in a flexible integration format that allows
customers to license the entire solution or just the protocol or PHY
elements. The comprehensive list of features includes support for both
Initiator and Target modes, SCSI SBC-2 End-to-End Protection (DIF), Narrow
/Wide Ports, Scalable Context Management, Enhanced Open / Close / Retry
Connection Management. Further, employing the mature and die-efficient
CEVA-TeakLite-II DSP core for executing the associated embedded software,
CEVA-SAS delivers a highly optimized solution for integration, with
significant work offloaded from the IO Processor.
"The comprehensive package of hardware and software IP available with
CEVA-SAS has drawn very favorable reviews from a number of storage OEMs,"
said John Ryan, VP and general manager of the Communications Business
Unit, CEVA Inc. "By extending our serial storage portfolio with this IP,
CEVA will enable our customers to develop feature-rich, SAS-enabled
products without incurring the time and risk associated with implementing
this complex standard from scratch."
"SAS represents a significant market opportunity for both storage OEMs
and semiconductor suppliers who can offer that functionality," said John
Webster, senior analyst and founder of Data Mobility Group. "In addition
to its performance and scalability benefits, its compatibility with other
serial interfaces, such as SATA, will only enhance its position as a very
viable replacement for parallel SCSI in enterprise solutions. Any
technology that can reduce the risk, cost and development time for product
developers in this market is worth evaluating as this will be a very
competitive space in the storage industry."
The CEVA-SAS IP package includes GDSII for the PHY element, Verilog-RTL
for the hardware elements of the protocol and C code for the associated
software. A demonstration system showing CEVA-SAS IP interoperating with a
number of industry-standard SAS Hard Disk Drives is available for customer
evaluation and demo, as is SASTool test software for PC, running on
Windows 2000 or later.
It is supported with a full set of customization, integration and
deployment services. Complete feature details can be found at:
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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(1) "Market Share and Forecast: Hard Disks Drives,
Worldwide, 2000-2009, John Monroe, April 2005."