Beceem to leverage flagship CEVA-XC DSP for development of next-generation 4G multimode chipsets targeting LTE/WiMAX markets
BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 16, 2010 -- Mobile World Congress -- CEVA, Inc. (Nasdaq: CEVA); (LSE: CVA), the leading licensor of silicon intellectual property (SIP) platform solutions and DSP cores, today announced that Beceem Communications, the leading provider of 4G Mobile WiMAX chips, has licensed the CEVA-XC communications processor to power its next-generation 4G multi-mode platform, the BCS500. The BCS500 is the industry's first chip that can support all combinations of LTE and WiMAX (LTE Rel. 8; WiMAX 16e & 16m; TDD & FDD); up to 20MHz channel bandwidth and UE class 4 with peak speeds of 150Mbps, while also allowing hand-off between WiMAX and LTE.
Addressing next-generation 4G terminal and infrastructure markets, the CEVA-XC has been specifically architected to overcome the limitations of hardwired architectures when developing high-performance 4G communications processors. By adopting a single and fully programmable CEVA-XC core Beceem will be able to support both LTE and WiMAX 4G standards within its new BCS500 chip, which effectively reduces overall die size, time-to-market and system cost for this groundbreaking 4G platform product.
"As the wireless industry rapidly evolves to meet the incessant demand for mobile broadband connectivity, it makes sense for us to enhance our market leading 4G-WiMAX baseband solution and include support of the 4G-LTE standard," said Lars Johnsson, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Beceem. "The CEVA-XC DSP brings a high degree of flexibility and programmability to our new 4G multi-mode platform and offers breakthrough levels of performance at unprecedented power consumption. In addition, the availability CEVA's fully optimized LTE software library for the CEVA-XC significantly reduced our design effort and was an important factor in our adoption of this outstanding processor architecture."
"Beceem is widely recognized as the industry leader in 4G Mobile WiMAX and we are proud to partner with them as they expand their industry-leading 4G processors to support additional 4G standards," said Eran Briman, VP of marketing at CEVA. "Their adoption of our flagship CEVA-XC DSP is indicative of the trend towards a more software-defined architecture for multi-standard wireless ICs. Leveraging the CEVA-XC's unique and powerful programmable architecture, Beceem can support any existing or emerging wireless standards in software, significantly reducing the development costs and efforts for their future 4G product lines."
About Beceem Communications
Beceem is the leading provider of mobile WiMAX semiconductors with proven over-the-air data speeds exceeding 30 Mbps. Beceem offers a number of single chip solutions optimized for mobile devices and CPE markets, and Beceem's products are WiMAX certified, CLEAR qualified and validated against the base stations from all major OEMs. For more information about Beceem, please visit http://www.beceem.com
About CEVA, Inc.
CEVA is the 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 audio, voice over packet (VoP), Bluetooth, Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and Serial ATA (SATA). In 2009, CEVA's IP was shipped in over 330 million devices, including handsets from all top five handset OEMs – Nokia, Samsung, LG, Motorola and Sony Ericsson. Today, more than one in every four handsets shipped worldwide is powered by a CEVA DSP core. For more information, visit www.ceva-dsp.com