Spreadtrum Ships Thirty Millionth CEVA-Powered Baseband Chipset


CEVA's DSPs power Spreadtrum's SC6600, SC6800 and SC8800 families of wireless chipsets

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 11 / / -- Mobile World Congress 2008 -- CEVA, Inc. [(NASDAQ:CEVA); ], a leading licensor of silicon intellectual property (SIP) platform solutions and DSP cores for mobile handsets, consumer electronics and storage applications and Spreadtrum Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPRD), one of China's leading wireless baseband chipset providers, today announced that Spreadtrum has surpassed the thirty millionth shipment level for CEVA-powered wireless baseband chipsets.

Spreadtrum's award winning baseband chips, which began shipping in 2004, have secured design wins in many of China's leading handset manufacturers. Spreadtrum currently deploys CEVA DSP technology in every baseband chipset they manufacture.

"This is a significant achievement for Spreadtrum," said Dr. Ping Wu, President and CEO of Spreadtrum. "Our strong strategic relationship with CEVA has ensured excellent support during the development of our wireless baseband chipsets and the shipment of our thirty millionth chip with their DSP is testament to the technology and support that CEVA has provided to us over the past 4 years."

"We are very pleased that Spreadtrum has achieved such significant successes with their CEVA-powered baseband chipsets in the burgeoning Chinese handset market," said Gideon Wertheizer, CEO of CEVA. "We look forward to continuing our successful relationship with them and developing new and innovative products for the wireless baseband market."

According to industry analyst firm Forward Concepts, the Chinese handset market is forecasted to grow in volume at a CAGR of 6.9% from 131 million units in 2006 to 182 million units in 2011. In that timeframe, the number of cellular subscribers in China will grow from 519 million on 2006 to 873 million in 2011.

About Spreadtrum Communications.

Spreadtrum Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPRD; "Spreadtrum") is a fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops, and markets baseband processor solutions for the mobile wireless communications market. Spreadtrum combines its semiconductor design expertise with its software development capabilities to deliver highly-integrated baseband processors with multimedia functionality and power management. Spreadtrum has developed its solutions based on an open development platform, enabling its customers to develop customized wireless products that are feature-rich and meet their cost and time-to-market requirements.

For more information, please check: http://www.spreadtrum.com/

About CEVA, Inc.

Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., CEVA is a leading licensor of silicon intellectual property (SIP) platform solutions and DSP cores for mobile handset, consumer electronics and storage applications. CEVA's IP portfolio includes comprehensive solutions for multimedia, audio, voice over packet (VoP), Bluetooth and Serial ATA (SATA), and a wide range of programmable DSP cores and subsystems with different price/performance metrics serving multiple markets. In 2007, CEVA's IP was shipped in over 225 million devices. For more information, visit http://www.ceva-dsp.com/

Source: CEVA, Inc.

CONTACT: Richard Kingston of CEVA, Inc., +1-408-514-2976, richard.kingston@ceva-dsp.com; or William Shi of Spreadtrum Communications, +86-10-62702988 x217, william.shi@spreadtrum.com

Web site: http://www.ceva-dsp.com/
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