San Jose & Sunnyvale, CA - December 15, 2003 - CEVA, Inc.,
(NASDAQ: CEVA; LSE: CVA), the leading licensor of Digital Signal Processor
(DSP) cores and integrated applications to the semiconductor industry, and
Spreadtrum Communications, a leading provider of wireless integrated
circuit (IC) and software solutions, announced today that Spreadtrum has
begun shipping to Chinese customers it's GSM/GPRS modules and baseband
chips for 2G/2.5G handsets powered by CEVA-TeakLite DSP Core.
In addition, the two companies announced today that they have extended
their relationship with Spreadtrum's licensing the higher performance
CEVA-Teak DSP Core to power chips targeting China's next generation 3G
cellular standards. Spreadtrum has licensed CEVA's Dual MAC CEVA-Teak DSP
Core for wireless communications for both GSM/GPRS/Multimedia handsets as
well as solutions migrating to the 3G TD-SCDMA and W-CDMA standards.
This focus on China by Spreadtrum and CEVA is targeted to take
advantage of the considerable opportunities in the world's fastest growing
economy and cellular market. The TD-SCDMA standard, primarily aimed at the
Chinese market, will deliver broadband wireless data rates enabling
operators to migrate from existing GSM/GPRS networks to third-generation
functionality without major infrastructure changes.
"CEVA-TeakLite DSP Cores are widely adopted in the GSM/GPRS market
where cost and energy efficiency are critical differentiators," said David
Chen, Spreadtrum Communications CTO. "The success of our GSM/GPRS chip has
led us to expand our co-operation with CEVA, and the deployment of CEVA's
higher performance CEVA-Teak DSP Core to power our next generation
"China is already the largest market for cell phones and holds
tremendous potential for growth," said Gideon Wertheizer, EVP of CEVA.
"Our successful deployment with the very talented and focused Spreadtrum
team has quickly led to strategic customer design wins in the Chinese
Spreadtrum has commenced shipping to their customers the GSM/GPRS
Digital Base Band chip, the SC6600, which is powered by CEVA-TeakLite DSP.
The SC6600 is a highly integrated GSM/GPRS single baseband mixed-signal
chip containing all digital and analog functionality for a GSM/GPRS
wireless phone. The SC6600 provides both voice and data functions, and can
be used in GSM/GPRS tri-band cell phones, data modems and other mobile
terminal devices. Reference designs for a complete GSM/GPRS handset
terminal are available.
About CEVA-TeakLite DSP and CEVA-Teak DSP
CEVA-TeakLite DSP and CEVA-Teak DSP are members of the CEVA DSP Core
family. These low-power, fixed-point licensable DSP cores offer a range of
performance, cost and power consumption balances to address a wide range
of applications. A comprehensive portfolio of software and hardware
development tools supports the CEVA DSP Cores family as do a large network
of third party companies offers applications, tools and design services
CEVA DSP Core licensees benefit from the advanced architecture
features, such as:
Fully synthesizable soft core that can be easily ported to any
process or foundry
Code compatibility allowing re-use of legacy code and
significantly shorter time to market
Low power consumption, high code density - to reduce chip cost
Cores offered at various performance levels - beginning with
single-MAC (CEVA-TeakLite DSP) architecture to Dual-MAC (CEVA-Teak),
Dual-MAC with Instruction Level Parallelism (CEVA-Palm DSP) and the
scalable, multiple MAC and extendible architecture of CEVA-X, the latest
generation DSP architecture from CEVA.
About Spreadtrum Communications
Spreadtrum Communication Inc. is a leading fabless semiconductor
company developing and marketing innovative digital wireless
communications products. The company provides 2.5G, 3G base band chip set,
protocol stack software, application software, and total solution for
wireless equipment manufactures, mobile terminal vendors, and
semiconductor companies. Spreadtrum leverages its expertise in mix signal
design, software and software application, and wireless data communication
to deliver customers with high performance, low power consumption, cost
effective, and flexible and highly integrated turn-key solutions. More
information about Spreadtrum can be found on its website at http://www.spreadtrum.com/.
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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