CEVA, NXP Software Partner to Deliver Enhanced HD Voice Processing Solution based on the CEVA-TeakLite-4 DSP

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands, Oct. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CEVA), the leading licensor of silicon intellectual property (SIP) platform solutions and DSP cores, and NXP Software, a world leader in mobile multimedia software, today announced the companies have partnered to deliver an enhanced HD voice processing solution for the smartphone market, integrating NXP Software's market-leading LifeVibes VoiceExperience software with the CEVA-TeakLite family of DSPs, including the CEVA-TeakLite-4.

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Through the partnership, NXP Software has ported and optimized its industry-leading technologies in speakerphone and multi-microphone noise suppression, acoustic echo cancellation and voice quality, onto the world's most popular DSP platform, which has powered audio/voice processing in more than 2 billion devices to date. The fully optimized solution, running on the CEVA-TeakLite-III DSP, is already deployed with a major handset OEM for their smartphones product lines.

For the dozens of CEVA customers utilizing the widely-deployed CEVA-TeakLite DSP family for audio and voice processing in their mobile device SoCs, the CEVA-specific implementation of NXP Software's VoiceExperience enables them to easily add HD quality voice processing technology into their existing designs. For licensees of the CEVA-TeakLite-III and CEVA-TeakLite-4 DSPs, the VoiceExperience algorithms can further harness the low power, native 32-bit, high performance voice capabilities to deliver better voice clarity and extended battery life.

"There is a clear trend towards enhanced voice quality in smartphones today, combining advanced hardware and software techniques, including voice pre-processing and new multi-microphone configurations to reduce background noise and improve voice clarity," said Nicolas Sauvage, Director of Marketing and Sales at NXP Software. "The CEVA-TeakLite-4 DSP delivers outstanding performance for these demanding applications, allowing our customers to gain maximum benefit from our VoiceExperience software package, and at lower power consumption."

"We are pleased to collaborate with NXP Software, a world renowned provider of advanced voice applications. Our CEVA-TeakLite DSP family has become the industry standard for advanced audio and voice SoC solutions thanks in part to the large, robust partner ecosystem providing support for such advanced audio and voice applications," said Eran Briman, vice president of marketing at CEVA. "With the LifeVibes VoiceExperience software optimized for our latest CEVA-TeakLite-4 DSP, we have significantly enhanced the HD voice processing capabilities available to product developers today."

Deployed in more than one billion devices, LifeVibes products offer fast time-to-market and measurably superior quality, backed by worldwide support. VoiceExperience enables natural, comfortable communication over phone networks and IP-based channels such as Skype and Google Talk. It improves the intelligibility of speech, eliminates echo and distortion, and minimizes stationary and non-stationary background noise (such as traffic or crowds). VoiceExperience uses the same engine for voice calls, video telephony and VoIP, and is HD Voice compatible. Its HD voice compatibility ensures the voice sounds clear and natural, with improved intelligibility on all types of phone and mobile devices.

The CEVA-TeakLite DSP family is the most successful licensable DSP family in the history of the semiconductor industry, with more than 2.5 billion chips shipped, over 100 licensees, 25 active ecosystem partners and more than 100 audio and voice codecs and enhancement applications available. To learn more about the CEVA-TeakLite DSP family, visit https://www.ceva-ip.com/CEVA-TeakLite-Family.html

CEVA and NXP Software will demonstrate LifeVibes at the upcoming CEVA DSP Technology Symposiums in Taiwan (October 16) and China (October 18). For more information on the CEVA technology symposium series, visit http://events.ceva-dsp.com.

About NXP Software
NXP Software is a leading global software vendor for mobile multimedia. It specializes in innovative solutions and applications that help service providers and device manufacturers deliver extraordinary media experiences. Through its LifeVibes solutions and partnerships across the mobile eco-system, NXP Software enables service providers to reach the market quickly with secure, multi-screen services that recreate living-room quality on any screen. Its deep expertise in voice enhancement ensures clear, natural communication in every situation. And its LifeVibes software allows device makers to unlock the full potential of software and hardware platforms, bringing added enjoyment and differentiation to connected devices. LifeVibes software enriches communicating, creating and sharing, so people can enjoy life's special moments to the full. LifeVibes is a trademark of NXP Software. Visit us at www.nxpsoftware.com.

About CEVA, Inc.
CEVA is the world's leading licensor of silicon intellectual property (SIP) DSP cores and platform solutions for the mobile, portable and consumer electronics markets. CEVA's IP portfolio includes comprehensive technologies for cellular baseband (2G / 3G / 4G), multimedia (vision, Image Signal Processing (ISP) and HD audio), voice over packet (VoP), Bluetooth, Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and Serial ATA (SATA). In 2011, CEVA's IP was shipped in over 1 billion devices and powers handsets from every top handset OEM, including Nokia, Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, Sony, Huawei and ZTE. Today, more than 40% of handsets shipped worldwide are powered by a CEVA DSP core. For more information, visit ceva-dsp.com. Follow CEVA on twitter at www.twitter.com/cevadsp.