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On July 6, 2011 CEVA, Inc. [(NASDAQ: CEVA); (LSE: CVA)], licensor of silicon intellectual property (SIP) platform solutions and DSP cores, announced the availability of fully optimized HSPA+ software libraries for the CEVA-XC DSP. The addition of these new libraries to the CEVA-XC Software-Defined Radio (SDR) reference architecture enables the implementation of a software-based multimode HSPA/HSPA+/LTE/LTE-A solution. Support for HSPA and HSPA+ is essential to provide mandatory backward 3G compatibility for mobile applications.

CEVA's HSPA+ libraries are specifically optimized to run on the CEVA-XC, the industry's widely adopted communications DSP, and represent a significant enhancement to CEVA's SDR reference architecture. In combination with CEVA's existing LTE libraries, CEVA's SDR reference architecture provides a highly-optimized multimode solution that significantly reduces development costs and time-to-market for software-based modem designs.

Will Strauss, principal analyst and founder of Forward Concepts, commented, "The evolution of advanced mobile wireless technologies is a moving target for product developers, so a flexible platform is key. A unified and seamless 2G/3G/4G multimode baseband architecture is needed as we move towards "true" LTE handsets in the coming years. With the addition of HSPA+ software libraries for their CEVA-XC based SDR reference architecture, CEVA becomes the first IP vendor in the industry with a multimode software-defined modem library offering, giving their customers a significant advantage in the development of multimode LTE baseband architectures."

CEVA's HSPA+ software libraries support up to HSPA+ 3GPP Rel-8 worst case conditions including MIMO and 64QAM and enable peak downlink data rates of 42 Mbps on a single CEVA-XC processor. The libraries address the most complex receiver parts including: channel estimation, equalization, de-mapping, de-interleaving, de-rate matching, and more.

"The addition of fully optimized HSPA+ software libraries for our CEVA-XC processor architecture further extends our leadership in offering robust solutions for customers designing multimode devices," said Eran Briman, vice president of marketing at CEVA. "Together with our communications and LTE software libraries, we offer the industry's most comprehensive SDR architecture for 3G/4G modem design, which fundamentally reduces both time-to-market and development investment."

CEVA-XC is a high-performance, scalable, low-power communication DSP designed specifically to overcome the stringent power consumption, time-to-market and cost constraints associated with developing high-performance Software Defined Radio multimode solutions. It supports multiple air interfaces for various applications such multimode cellular baseband, connectivity, digital broadcast and smart grid.

CEVA, Inc. self description

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 Follow CEVA on twitter at




MIPS Shares Fall 25% After Posting Sharp Revenue Drop

August 4, 2011 - 7:00 PM Source: Brian Caulfeld of Forbes

Shares of MIPS Technologies fell more than 25% in after-hours trading Thursday August 4, 2011 after the processor designer posted results short of its earlier guidance on sharply lower revenues (for calendar Q2 2011).

The company also announced Chief Financial Officer Maury Austin will be stepping down.

MIPS posted net income for the quarter ending in June (2011) of $0.7 million, or a penny a share, compared to net income $5.9 million, or 12 cents per share during the year-ago period.

Revenue for the quarter fell 24.5% to $17.6 million compared with $23.3 million during the year-ago period.

It has been a wild ride for MIPS over the past year. MIPS shares rose from $5.71 last August (2010) to more than $17 a share in January (2011) — as investors bet on the company’s plan to push into the market for smart-phone and tablet processors.

While MIPS appears to have gained some ground in that market, the company is facing renewed competition in the consumer electronics market that has long been its strongest business, where rival ARM has been gaining ground.

“While we have seen and reported for some time the trend of convergence between digital home electronics and mobile applications, this is happening quite rapidly for high end connected TVs,” MIPS Chief Executive Sandeep Vij said on a conference call with investors Thursday. “Applications that are traditionally found in smart phones are a necessity in high-end connected DTV and are being [built] in by certain manufacturers.”

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