MANHASSET, N.Y. -- Ceva Inc. said its Ceva-TeakLite DSP core will be incorporated into Broadcom Corp.'s BCM2132 Edge multimedia baseband processor.
The announcement comes a week after the company emerged under its new Ceva name with a renewed focus on programmable DSP core licensing, a new high-performance core and news that it has secured a licensing deal for the new core with one of the top four cellphone manufacturers.
Ceva also announced Monday (Dec. 15) that Spreadtrum Communications (Sunnyvale, Calif.) , a provider of wireless IC and software, 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 said they have extended their relationship with Spreadtrum's licensing of the higher performance CEVA-Teak dual-multiply-accumulate core to power chips. They will target China's next generation 3G cellular standards based on TD-SCDMA as well as wideband-CDMA.
The top provider of licensable DSP cores, according to analyst and research firms Forward Concepts and Gartner-Dataquest, Ceva officially dropped "Parthus" from its name last week, and with it the legacy of generalized intellectual property platform support. The move symbolized the company's new focus on DSP cores. To emphasize the shift, the company also announced availability of the Ceva-X1620, the first core to derive from the Ceva-X architecture, previously called "Cedar."
With the Broadcom announcement, Ceva is effectively extending a relationship that began when Broadcom acquired Mobilink Telecom in 2002. Mobilink had already licensed the TeakLite.
"It is clear that with over 100 licensing partners choosing CEVA, our DSP is the architecture of choice for the next generation of wireless solutions," said Chet Silvestri, CEO of CEVA. The TeakLite will help the BCM2132 single-chip Edge chip achieve Class 12 data rates of more than 236 Kbits/s over GSM networks.
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