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CEVA and Sensory Enable Power-Optimized Always-Listening Smart Wearables and Sensor Fusion Solutions via TrulyHandsfree™ 3.0 for CEVA-TeakLite-4 DSPs

Companies to demonstrate ultra-low power voice activation solutions requiring as little as 20 microwatts for mobiles, smart wearables and sensor hubs at Mobile World Congress 2014

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CEVA), the leading licensor of silicon intellectual property (SIP) platform solutions and DSP cores, and Sensory, Inc., a pioneer in speech technologies for consumer products, today announced the availability of power-optimized solutions aimed at bringing advanced voice activation capabilities to a new wave of mobile and sensor-enabled devices.

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The solutions integrate Sensory's market-leading TrulyHandsfree Voice Control Version 3.0 optimized for the CEVA-TeakLite-4 V2 DSP architecture, to address a variety of consumer applications that demand ultra-low power consumption for "always on, always listening" voice control functions. For example, the solution consumes less than 20 microwatts for voice triggering in 28nm, making it ideal for always-listening wearable devices such as smart watches and glasses, as well as integration into sensor hub solutions in smartphones. The companies will showcase the latest TrulyHandsfree features optimized for the enhanced CEVA TeakLite-4 V2 architecture at the 2014 Mobile World Congress in the CEVA booth (Hall 6, Stand A50).

Bill Teasley, Sensory's VP of Engineering said, "We are extremely pleased with CEVA's support for power optimization of TrulyHandsfree Version 3.0 on their CEVA-TeakLite-4 V2 family of cores. The latest enhancements they have made to the CEVA-TeakLite family further lowers the power consumption of 'always on, always listening' capabilities, providing our mutual customers with a truly world-class solution for their voice-enabled applications."

"We continue to build the industry's most advanced set of solutions and ecosystem for mobile applications, including the fast growing domain of wearables and sensor-enabled Internet of Things. The power optimization improvements we have made with the release of our CEVA-TeakLite-4 V2 DSP architecture combined with the optimization of Sensory's latest features will enable our customers to gain even greater performance advantages for their voice-centric applications with an ultra-low power budget," said Moshe Sheier, director of product marketing for audio and voice at CEVA.

Version 3.0 of Sensory's TrulyHandsfree technology allows speaker identification for personalization of the user experience via powerful and accurate voice biometric analysis of both pre-configured and user-defined passwords. Combined with power efficient voice triggering, the user needs only to speak to wake the device and retrieve their preferences. The availability of these latest features on the enhanced CEVA-TeakLite-4 V2 architecture further solidifies CEVA's position as the industry's most power efficient DSP architecture for advanced audio/voice applications.

For more information on the Sensory TrulyHandsfree technology, go here: http://www.sensoryinc.com/products/trulyhandsfreevoicecontrol.html

Mobile World Congress 2014 takes place in Barcelona, Spain from February 24th to 27th. CEVA will be located at stand A50 in Hall 6. For a preview of technologies that CEVA and its partners will showcase at Mobile World Congress, visit CEVA's virtual booth online at http://events.ceva-dsp.com/mwc14. To request a meeting with CEVA please email [email protected] or contact your local CEVA sales office.

About CEVA-TeakLite-4

The CEVA-TeakLite-4 is the fourth generation DSP based on the CEVA-TeakLite architecture, the most successful licensable DSP family in the history of the semiconductor industry, with more than 3 billion audio/voice chips shipped, over 100 licensees, 30 active ecosystem partners and more than 100 audio and voice software packages available. The CEVA-TeakLite-4 is offered as a scalable and extensible architecture framework, allowing customers to choose the optimal family member core to address their specific audio/voice application needs. By taking advantage of a unified development infrastructure composed of code-compatible cores, a set of optimized software libraries and a unified tool chain, customers can significantly reduce software development costs while leveraging their software investment in future products. The CEVA-TeakLite-4 DSP is already licensed and in design with multiple licensees, targeting a wide range of markets and applications, including 32-bit audio/voice/sensor processing for mobile, home, and automotive markets. For more information, visit http://www.ceva-dsp.com/CEVA-TeakLite-4.

About Sensory, Inc.

Sensory, Inc. is the leader in speech technologies for consumer products, offering a complete line of IC and software-only solutions for speech recognition, speech synthesis, speaker verification, music synthesis and more. Sensory's products are widely deployed in consumer electronics applications including mobile, automotive, Bluetooth™ devices, toys, and various home electronics.  With its TrulyHandsfree™ voice control, Sensory has set the standard for mobile handset platforms' ultra-low power "always listening" technology for speech recognition, eliminating the need for touching the device. To date, more than 40 mobile phones have shipped with Sensory's TrulyHandsfree™, and many more leading OEMs are expected to release Sensory technologies such as wake up triggers, command and control, speaker verification, and user defined triggers.

About CEVA, Inc.

CEVA is the world's leading licensor of silicon intellectual property (SIP) DSP cores and platform solutions for the mobile, digital home and networking markets. CEVA's IP portfolio includes comprehensive technologies for cellular baseband (2G / 3G / 4G), multimedia (vision, imaging and HD audio), voice processing, Bluetooth, Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and Serial ATA (SATA). In 2013, CEVA's IP was shipped in over 1 billion devices, powering smartphones from many of the world's leading OEMs, including HTC, Huawei, Lenovo, LG, Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Sony, TCL and ZTE. Today, more than 40% of handsets shipped worldwide are powered by a CEVA DSP core. For more information, visit www.ceva-dsp.com. Follow CEVA on twitter at www.twitter.com/cevadsp.

TrulyHandsfree is a trademark of Sensory, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are those of their respective holders.

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