CEVA Introduces Fully Integrated Ultra-Low Power Voice Over IP (VoIP) Platform for Dual Mode VoIP/Cellular Phone Applications and Residential Gateways


CEVA-VoP(TM) Features Industry's Lowest Cost Per Channel; Offering Includes Complete VoIP Software and Tools Suite, Critical for Developing VoIP Products

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 5 / -- CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ:CEVA) the leading licensor of digital signal processor (DSP) cores, multimedia, GPS and storage platforms to the semiconductor industry, today introduced a comprehensive platform for enabling a wide range of cost-sensitive Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) products. CEVA-VoP is a full-featured semiconductor intellectual property (IP) package containing all the necessary hardware, software and development tools that will allow product developers to easily incorporate VoIP functionality into their system-on-chips (SoCs).

Production-proven in a working solution, CEVA-VoP enables faster time-to- market for developing a wide range of voice enabled products for residential and commercial use, including IP phones (LAN-based and dual-mode cellular/VoWiFi), and customer premises equipment (CPE) gateways for DSL, Cable and fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) segments.

CEVA-VoP is built on top of the widely adopted, fully programmable CEVA- TeakLite-II high performance 200MHz DSP engine, and the XpertTeakLite-II integrated subsystem (with cached memory, peripherals, and system interfaces), capable of handling multiple, simultaneous voice channels on a single chip. CEVA then adds internally-developed software modules for critical functions such as voice coding, echo cancellation and telephony interfaces. Additionally, CEVA-VoP handles the signaling and networking functions in the standalone networking configuration of the platform, where the system does not contain an integrated host CPU. CEVA-VoP is supported by a complete set of development tools, a reference board and various application utilities.

"CEVA-VoP is a significant offering for chip vendors wanting to implement SoC solutions for the fast-growing VoIP marketplace," said Will Strauss, president of market watcher Forward Concepts. "With increasing price pressures that come with higher volumes, SoC solutions that can be implemented through CEVA's IP offering are what the market demands."

CEVA-VoP is available in two programmable configurations: a standalone version, where the DSP handles both voice processing and networking support, eliminating the need for an integrated host CPU, and a co-processor version that allows maximum voice processing when coupled to a host CPU. The low cost per channel and configurability of the platform makes it well suited for cost- sensitive applications such as advanced gateways and clients. Additionally, the small die size and minimal power requirements make it ideal for a wide range of emerging consumer VoIP products.

"We have taken an approach to offer maximum flexibility in our solution because of the wide range of applications represented in the VoIP market. With our configurable platform, developers can make the adjustments they need to balance cost, functionality and design considerations," said Gideon Wertheizer, CEO of CEVA . "CEVA-VoP represents another important milestone in our commitment to provide our customers with complete hardware and software platform solutions, offering cost, power and time to market benefits."

Flexibility for a number of system profiles

CEVA-VoP is supporting various application profiles by allowing configurability of the number and type of voice channels (1-8, utilizing G.711, G.726, G.729AB, G.723.1 and others), echo cancellation, fax relay, telephony features (tone generation/detection, caller ID, etc.) and Real Time Transport Protocol (RTP). To further support networking integration, additional functions such as signaling and terminal user interface management, geared for cost sensitive devices are provided, thus reducing development time and cost. Supporting various profiles is enabled through user ability to configure cache and memory sizes in the CEVA-VoP RTL and by selecting required system peripherals (like an optional Ethernet MAC).

Complete feature details can be found at: www.ceva-dsp.com/vop

About CEVA, Inc.

Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., CEVA is the leading licensor of digital signal processor (DSP) cores, multimedia, Global Positioning Systems (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 video processing, audio processing, speech processing, GPS location, Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and Serial ATA (SATA). In 2004, CEVA's silicon IP was shipped in more than 100 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

CONTACT: Richard Kingston of CEVA, Inc., +1-408-514-2976, or richard.kingston@ceva-dsp.com; or Mike Sottak of Wired Island, Ltd.,
+1-408-876-4418, or mike@wiredislandpr.com

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