Manno, Switzerland and San Jose, Calif., September 21, 2004 -
NemeriX, a leading developer of low-power RF and baseband silicon and
software positioning platforms, and CEVA, Inc., (NASDAQ: CEVA; LSE: CVA)
the leading licensor of digital signal processing (DSP) cores and
communications solutions to the semiconductor industry, today announced a
collaboration that will result in a new chipset targeting the indoor GPS
market. This new solution, the NemeriX NJ2020, will leverage CEVA's latest
generation GPS 4000 GPS IP solution to provide unmatched performance and
programmability for mobile handheld devices.
The NemeriX NJ2020 A-GPS plug-and-play chipset is engineered to respond
to the most challenging requirements in the mobile phone market. The
chipset is ten times more accurate than FCC E911 requirements and works in
the harshest environments such as deep indoors and in urban canyons where
GPS signals are weak, deflected and obscured.
"The NemeriX-CEVA GPS solution delivers a powerful set of benefits for
both manufacturers and end users," said Will Strauss, President of market
analysis firm Forward Concepts. "For the handset manufacturer, it solves
the most critical challenges of cost and power. For the end user, it
delivers a nearly instant and incredibly accurate location fix which is
vital for location-based services adoption and usage."
Where traditional GPS systems require several minutes, time to first
fix (TTFF) is accomplished in less than 1 second outdoors or 8 seconds
indoors thanks to unique multi-path mitigation and over-deterministic
software from CEVA. Sensitivity down to -158dBm is achieved. Synchronous
networks (e.g., CDMA) can take advantage of inherent network timing
characteristics. The NemeriX-CEVA solution is especially suited for the
more challenging asynchronous (GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/TD-SCDMA) network
timing. With the DSP-centric architecture from CEVA and NemeriX's
implementation, the A-GPS chipset delivers exceptional functionality in an
extremely low-power, small footprint solution.
"Our collaboration with CEVA as the technology provider for the NJ2020
was a critical component that allowed us to complement our technology
leadership in low-power and deliver on our indoor GPS strategy," said
Vincent Mouret, CEO, NemeriX. "We evaluated several technology options,
and determined that by licensing the CEVA IP we will provide our customers
with the best indoor A-GPS technology available."
"We are pleased to have NemeriX among our licensees. NemeriX's
expertise in providing the low-power GPS systems, combined with CEVA's
high performance GPS 4000 platform, offers a power-efficient and
cost-effective solution to mobile phones manufacturers," said Chet
Silvestri, President and CEO of CEVA.
About the NemeriX NJ2020
The NemeriX NJ2020 delivers significant benefits to the mobile market,
- Hosted design eliminates additional CPU, saving cost, power, and
- 10x more accurate than FCC E-911 Phase II; exceeds 3GPP 25.171 and
- Outperforms top synchronous network (CDMA) solutions even in more
challenging asynchronous networks (GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/TD-SCDMA)
- Complete system solution, including RFIC, baseband IC, and host
Pricing and Availability
NemeriX will be demonstrating this new platform at the annual ION show
in the Long Beach Convention Center September 21th through the 24th at
booth H. Samples of NemeriX NJ2020 will be available for customers during
1H05. Contact NemeriX for pricing details.
About CEVA GPS 4000
CEVA's GPS 4000 solution, the tenth generation of GPS technology from
CEVA, delivers instant and exceptionally accurate location information to
within 5 meters, even in harsh environments such as indoors and urban
canyons where GPS signals are weak and satellite coverage is partial.
Instant and accurate positioning is required for widespread adoption of
GPS mobile devices and is fundamental to enabling emerging and important
location-based services (LBS). GPS 4000 also slashes the "time to first
fix" to 2.5 seconds when a system is first powered up. It supports all
wireless standards including GSM, CDMA, W-CDMA and GPRS.
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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