CEVA and Alango Partner to Add Innovative Voice Enhancement Software to CEVA-TeakLite-III DSP family

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CEVA, Inc. [(Nasdaq: CEVA); (LSE: CVA)], the leading licensor of silicon intellectual property (SIP) platform solutions and DSP cores, and Alango Technologies, Ltd., a leading developer and licensor of front-end DSP technologies for voice communication and mobile audio, today announced the availability of the latest Alango voice processing software package for CEVA's market-leading CEVA-TeakLite-III™ family of DSPs. Addressing the demand for tighter integration and cost reduction in mobile handset design, the CEVA-TeakLite-III DSP enables the integration of wireless baseband processing with mobile audio, speech, and front-end voice enhancement processing functions offered by Alango, on a single core.

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The increased consumer and operator demand for clearer, less distorted voice transmissions in noisy environments has seen the introduction of multiple microphone, beam-forming and noise reduction techniques to wireless and wired communication devices. The Voice Communication Package of front-end voice enhancement technologies developed by Alango includes the patent-pending Adaptive Dual Microphone™ (ADM) algorithm, setting a new standard in noise attenuation by using two omni-directional microphones to significantly reduce background noise, wind and other interference in varying environments, while fully preserving the signal quality.

"Specifically architected for high quality audio and voice processing, the CEVA-TeakLite-III is ideally suited to implement our Voice Communication Package of front-end processing technologies. The high-performance, low-power nature of the DSP and its robust development environment allows our customers to seamlessly enhance their CEVA-based processor designs with our market-leading voice and audio enhancement software and leverage the combined benefits in a cost-efficient manner," said Dr. Alexander Goldin, CEO of Alango.

"Alango has some highly innovative and practical solutions to voice and audio challenges that many of our customers face. Their dual microphone beam-forming technology has proven itself to result in significant quality enhancements that expand the capabilities and utility of voice and audio products.  The entire Voice Communication Package is an ideal complement to our CEVA-TeakLite-III DSP family for high-end voice and audio applications in the handset and automotive markets," said Eran Briman, vice president of marketing at CEVA.  

Other voice and audio enhancement capabilities in the Alango package available for the CEVA-TeakLite-III include software modules for acoustic echo cancelation and feedback reduction, automatic noise dependent speaker volume and equalization,  wind noise reduction, dynamic range compression, single-channel noise suppression, EasyListen™ technology slowing down speech in real time and packet loss concealment. The package natively supports High Definition (HD) voice thus enabling seamless transition to HD enabled mobile handsets and other communication devices.

The CEVA-TeakLite-III architecture, which has been named the industry 'best all around audio processor' in an independent report^^, offers  several  configurations, including the recently announced CEVA-TL3211, a 32-bit audio DSP running at 1GHz with a silicon footprint of only 0.2mm^2 when implemented on a 40nm process node. The architecture allows an efficient integration of baseband processing along with application processing related needs, such as those provided by Alango.

The companies will demonstrate ADM and additional Alango technologies implemented on the CEVA-TeakLite-III at CEVA's booth located at stand 1F33 in Hall 1 during Mobile World Congress, February 14-17 in Barcelona.

About Alango Technologies

Alango Technologies Ltd. is a leading developer and licensor of front-end DSP technologies for voice communication and mobile audio. Alango world-wide customers include companies of different scale covering a wide product range. Alango technologies can be found in mobile phones, hands-free car kits, Bluetooth headsets, audio conferencing systems, intercoms, assistive listening devices and security applications. Further information on Alango can be found on www.alango.com.

About CEVA, Inc.

CEVA is the world's leading licensor of silicon intellectual property (SIP) DSP Cores and platform solutions for the mobile handset, portable and consumer electronics markets. CEVA's IP portfolio includes comprehensive technologies for cellular baseband (2G / 3G / 4G), multimedia, HD video and audio, voice over packet (VoP), Bluetooth, Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and Serial ATA (SATA). In 2010, CEVA's IP was shipped in over 600 million devices, powering handsets from 7 out of the top 8 handset OEMs, including Nokia, Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony Ericsson and ZTE. Today, more than one in every three handsets shipped worldwide is powered by a CEVA DSP core. For more information, visit ceva-dsp.com

^^The Linley Group "A Guide to CPU Cores and Processor IP, Second Edition" by Joseph Byrne and Linley Gwennap, March 2010.