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CEVA beefs up CEVA-X family

Posted: 01 Jun 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:CEVA? CEVA-X1622? DSP core? CEVA-XS1102? system platform?

CEVA Inc. recently introduced the CEVA-X1622 DSP core and the CEVA-XS1102 system platform, the latest additions to its CEVA-X family of DSP cores and platforms.

Already available for broad licensing, said CEVA, these latest DSP offerings extends the CEVA-X architecture based product line targeted for the 3.5G/HSDPA handsets, WiMax/WiBro terminals and Smartphones.

The CEVA-X1622 is a high-performance, low-power, fully synthesizable DSP with enhanced memory architecture, including configurable memory size (64Kbytes or 128Kbytes) and configurable memory bank organization in 2 or 4 blocks. CEVA said that the flexible memory architecture allows the customer to make an optimal cost/performance selection in line with market needs. In addition, this DSP core offers a reduced gate count compared to other CEVA-X family members. Using an area-optimized implementation and On-chip Emulation Module (OCEM) enhancements, said the press release, this new product achieves a significant area reduction compared to the CEVA-X1620, making it ideal for advanced baseband and other mobile applications.

The CEVA-XS1102 is a "complete" DSP system platform built around the CEVA-X1622 DSP core. It includes additional peripherals and system interfaces for efficient system design. According to the company, the CEVA-XS1102 offers customers reduced development costs and time to market, coupled with the user flexibility and reduced area offered by the CEVA-X1622 DSP core.

In addition, the CEVA-X1622 offers backward code compatibility to the CEVA-X1620 DSP, enabling licensees of the CEVA-X1622 DSP to leverage the broad range of software and components already available for the CEVA-X architecture.

"These newest additions to the highly successful family of CEVA-X DSP cores and platforms deliver important enhancements that will enable critical differentiation in communications and consumer applications," said CEVA CEO Gideon Wertheizer. "The CEVA-X1622 strengthens our breadth of offerings in leading-edge DSP core technology with a solution that lowers cost and reduces die size."

The CEVA-X1622 DSP core features a 16-bit fixed-point dual-MAC very long instruction word (VLIW) architecture combined with a Single Instruction Multiple Data (SIMD) multimedia operations, up to eight instructions executed in parallel, variable instruction widths (16- or 32-bit) and 4Gbytes of byte-addressable memory space. CEVA added that the numerous multimedia instructions and mechanisms built into the CEVA-X architecture enable the processor to dramatically accelerate advanced video compression standards on a truly software programmable platform.

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