SAN JOSE, Calif. - November 08, 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 the launch of its CEVAnet partner program, bringing together the
best tools, software, and application technologies under one roof. The
Program leverages industry-leading technology providers, including a
number that have been actively partnering with CEVA for many years.
Targeting high-growth markets, CEVA brings together more than 35
application, software, and EDA tool vendors who provide solutions
surrounding CEVA DSPs as well as enabling the widest possible choice of
design flows around CEVA cores and platforms. A main market focus of
CEVAnet partners is Mobile Communications and Audio Solutions including
leading companies - SRS Labs, ESPICO, Acoustic Technologies, Q-Sound Labs
and Comsys; DSP system design and debug companies - Mentor Graphics and
Lauterbach among others.
CEVA is the number one licensed DSP in the industry. In 2004, licensees
will ship well in excess of 100 million units of CEVA powered silicon. For
these semiconductor and OEM licensees, CEVA's DSP portfolio combined with
CEVAnet partner offerings, reduces development costs, eliminates design
obstacles, and speeds up product time-to-market for a wide range of
applications and generations of products.
Focusing on the fastest growing market areas, CEVAnet is concentrating
on three principle technology segments:
Software (algorithm) developers
and System design/debug) developers
"CEVAnet partners are a strategic and integral element of the CEVA
product portfolio and strategy," says Moshe Sheier, Director of the
CEVAnet partner program. "Our partners deliver essential IP and tools to
complement our DSP portfolio and extend our offerings to include software,
applications, and tools. Supported with CEVA training and development
environments, our partners greatly ease and speed our licensees' product
time to market."
SRS Labs, Inc.:
"The need for DSP-based audio solutions is
rapidly growing as seen in the popularity of our branded audio and voice
solutions," said Joanna Skrdlant, Director of Strategic IC Platform
Development at SRS Labs. "CEVA licensees may now quickly and easily
integrate SRS Labs' advanced audio features for product differentiation
while leveraging the globally recognized SRS logo and high quality audio
standard it represents. Thanks to efficient CEVA's development tools and
the excellent CEVA DSP performance, WOW XT is already ported and ready for
license from SRS Labs for the CEVA-Teak DSP core."
Cliff Parris, ESPICO CEO commented, "Leveraging this
partnership has given my team added value. Our MP3, AAC, AC-3 and other
audio codecs that are ported to CEVA's advanced architecture contribute to
CEVA's full audio solution for mobile multimedia applications. Working
closely with CEVA's team on CEVA's advanced architecture has enabled
ESPICO to develop more robust and advanced solutions."
Acoustic Technologies, Inc.:
"Joining the Partner Program
with our SoundClear® solution offering opens opportunities for customers
who are demanding improved sound quality and full-duplex hands-free
capability in their mobile handsets," said Sam Thomasson, Acoustic
Technologies CEO. "There is tremendous demand for improvements in both
performance and sound quality that CEVA DSP cores and SoundClear software
can deliver. Acoustic is delighted to work with CEVA, the industry leader
in DSP licensing."
David Gallagher, president and CEO of QSound
Labs stated, "The mobile users community is big on innovation and we are
right there bringing them into the next generation with our microQ™ MIDI
engine and 3D audio technology. QSound Labs partnership with CEVA and its
partners community represents an excellent opportunity to deliver these
innovations to mobile customers around the world."
"The strength of CEVA's Xpert-Teak ™DSP platform
enables us to create a powerful yet efficient software code for our
GSM/GPRS/EDGE modem while keeping low power consumption and minimal memory
usage," said Elkana Ben-Sinai, Comsys' CEO. "Working with the CEVA team is
an advantage as our customers can leverage on CEVA's DSP technology,
including road map support for the innovative CEVA-X architecture, and
come out ahead of the market."
"As SoCs grow to incorporate more
capabilities, they create a verification challenge that can strain our
customers' computing resources. Supporting CEVAnet allows us to create a
turnkey, high performance verification solution for CEVA IP that improves
simulation throughput for our mutual customers," said Serge Leef, general
manager, System-on-Chip Verification Division, Mentor Graphics
Corporation. "Our Seamless hardware/software co-verification tools for the
various CEVA cores help enable first-pass system design and implementation
success, reducing the need for costly re-spins."
"The cooperation between Lauterbach and CEVA is
enabling OEMs and ODMs to more efficiently develop complex multi-core SoCs
by vastly improving debugging capabilities on CEVA DSP cores," commented
Norbert Weiß, International Sales Manager of Lauterbach. "We already have
mutual customers improving time-to-market using the multi-core debugging
tools and benefiting from the new opportunities it delivers."
Moshe Sheier, Director of CEVA's Partner Program summarized, "A
CEVA-led community of partners whose solutions support an open, licensable
architecture represent a proven alternative to off-the-shelf programmable
DSPs. By leveraging the advantages of an open standard licensable DSP
architecture, the community will be a catalyst for the future of the DSP
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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