BARCELONA, Spain - 3GSM Congress - February 13, 2006 - CEVA,
Inc. (NASDAQ: CEVA; LSE: CVA), the leading licensor of digital signal
processor (DSP) cores, multimedia, GPS and storage platforms to the
semiconductor industry, and Spreadtrum Communications, a leading provider
of wireless integrated circuit (IC) and software solutions, today
announced that Spreadtrum has licensed the CEVA-X1620 DSP and CEVA-XS1200
sub-system for its powerful range of 3G wireless baseband processors.
Spreadtrum is developing chipsets for the Chinese home-grown TD-SCDMA 3G
standard utilizing the DSP and is the first IC design company in China to
develop baseband solutions for these standards.
Spreadtrum and CEVA have a long and successful partnership history.
Spreadtrum has previously licensed the CEVA-TeakLite and CEVA-Teak DSP
cores to develop their industry-leading baseband solutions. The Spreadtrum
SC6600 baseband chip, powered by the CEVA-TeakLite DSP, is a highly
integrated multi-band GSM/GPRS single baseband chip containing all digital
and analog functionality of a GSM/GPRS camera phone. The SC8800 multi-mode
baseband chip is powered by the CEVA-Teak DSP core and enables advanced
feature phones to operate transparently over TD-SCDMA and GSM/GPRS
With a strong customer base in China, Spreadtrum is already a leading
player in the Chinese wireless industry with their CEVA-powered baseband
solutions and aims to grow this success by exploiting the 3G market. By
integrating open platforms such as the CEVA-X DSP, Spreadtrum enables
flexible designs, allowing its customers to develop customized products to
differentiate themselves in marketplace. Consequently, Spreadtrum projects
shipments will grow to a new height in 2007.
"CEVA and Spreadtrum have a long-standing partnership that has garnered
much success, developing industry-leading products such as the SC6600 and
the SC8800 baseband processors," said Dr. Ping Wu, Spreadtrum
Communications President and CEO. "When it came to choosing a DSP
processor for developing our next generation of 3G products, CEVA-X was a
natural choice for us. The superior power and performance levels the DSP
offers combined with CEVA's vast DSP experience and excellent customer
support provides Spreadtrum with the ideal foundations to continue
building on our success in the wireless industry."
"Spreadtrum's licensing of CEVA-X and the CEVA-XS1200 sub-system
provides the perfect platform to develop leading-edge TD-SCDMA baseband
chips and exploit the burgeoning 3G market in China. Powered by CEVA DSP
technology, Spreadtrum is the first company in China to develop baseband
solutions for this standard," remarked Gideon Wertheizer, CEO of CEVA.
"China represents a major growth market for CEVA and by licensing our
technology to leading companies like Spreadtrum, our position as a leading
DSP technology provider for wireless communications is further
Spreadtrum's 3G baseband chip will hit the mass commercial market in
About Spreadtrum Communications
Spreadtrum Communications Inc. is a leading fabless semiconductor
company develops and markets innovative wireless communications products.
Spreadtrum provides high-performance, low-cost products including 2.5G/3G
baseband IC, protocol stack software, application software, wireless
communication module and total solutions for worldwide wireless terminal
manufactures, independence design houses, and semiconductor companies.
Spreadtrum successfully developed world's first TD-SCDMA baseband chip and
Asia's first 2.5G(GSM/GPRS) baseband chip. Spreadtrum's true Single-chip
Solution has great advantages such as high performance with low-cost, fast
market entry for customers, reduced time-to-market and effective local
customer support. More information on Spreadtrum Communications Inc could
be found on its website at 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 ceva-dsp.com.
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that involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that if they
materialize or prove incorrect, could cause actual results to differ
materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking
statements and assumptions. The risks, uncertainties and assumptions
include: the ability of CEVA's line of products to continue to be a strong
growth driver for CEVA; the international market for CEVA's line of
products may not develop as expected; the expected growth in shipment of
products by Spreadtrum may not achieve within the expected time frame or
at all; statements made by CEVA's CEO relating to the possible benefits of
the agreement entered into with Spreadtrum, such as the first development
of baseband solutions utilizing CEVA's line of products and the potential
growing 3G market opportunity for CEVA's line of products; and other risks
relating to our business, including, but not limited to, those that are
described from time to time in CEVA's Securities and Exchange Commission
filings, including but not limited to its Annual Report on Form 10-K for
the fiscal year ended December 31, 2004, and its quarterly reports filed
after the Form 10-K. CEVA assumes no obligation to update any
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