DSP Group Named the 'Clear Leader' In the Licensed-Core DSP Cellphone Market

Apr 05, 2001, 01:00 ET from DSP Group, Inc.

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- DSP Group (Nasdaq:   DSPG), the
 leading  developer and marketer of high-performance, cost-effective,
 licensable digital signal processing cores, today announced that it has been
 named the "clear leader" in the embedded DSP cellular handset phone market, in
 a recent market research report published by Forward Concepts.
     According to Forward Concepts, 416 million cellular handsets were shipped
 last year and 124 million units, representing almost 30% of the total were
 based on licensed-core DSPs. DSP chips from traditional DSP vendors were in
 the other 70%.  Of those based on licensed-core DSPs, the market research firm
 estimates that DSP Group-licensed intellectual property was in an estimated
 67%, or 83 million units, making its IP the clear market leader in
 licensed-core DSP chips used in cellular handsets and a substantial
 number-two, with almost a fifth of the overall worldwide market (20%).
     Will Strauss, president of Forward Concepts said, "Digital wireless is the
 largest market for both traditional DSPs and licensed-core DSPs, and it's
 clear that DSP Group dominates the market for licensed-core DSPs in cellular
 terminals.  Our analysis indicates that only Texas Instruments, the largest
 traditional DSP supplier, exceeds DSP Group's IP in the number of cell phones
 shipped in 2000."
     Responding to the market research firm's analysis, Eli Ayalon, Chairman
 and CEO of DSP Group said, "Actually, over 100 million cores based on DSP
 Group's IP were shipped into the cellular market in 2000, but we acknowledge
 that some percentage are in inventory items or in finished goods that have not
 yet shipped.  This market assessment validates the success of the years of
 development we have made in our advanced DSP Core technology coupled with our
 extensive support to licensees.  This has resulted in our position as the
 number two worldwide supplier of DSP solutions for the cellular handset
 market, and as market leader for the licensed-core DSP market.  Recently we
 have also seen more and more licensees adopting our DSP cores for not only
 3G cellular but also for other applications, such as xDSL modems, VoIP, and
 consumer electronics."
     He went on to say, "This year, cellular shipments by our licensees include
 chips based on our OakDSPCore and TeakLite implementations, as well as planned
 implementations of new designs for 2.5G and 3G cellular handsets employing our
 Teak and PalmDSP Cores. In addition, we are seeing an increasing number of
 third parties, especially software companies, supporting products based on our
 IP."
 
     About DSP Group's SmartCores(TM)
     DSP Group's SmartCores family of low-power fixed-point licensable DSP
 cores offer range of performance, price and power consumption balances,
 addressing a wide range of applications, from low-end, high-volume
 applications, such as digital answering machines, hard disk controllers, low
 speed modems and Voice over IP terminals, to high performance applications
 such as third generation (3G) cellular communications, broadband modems,
 consumer multimedia and Voice over IP gateways.
 
     SmartCores licensees can benefit from the technology in the following
     manners
 
      -- Fully synthesizable soft core which allow porting to any process or
         foundry.
      -- Code compatible - re-use legacy code and significantly shorten time
         to market
      -- Low power consumption
      -- High code density - to reduce chip cost
      -- Various performance level - starting with single-MAC (OakDSPCore(R)
         and TeakLite(R)) architecture to Dual-MAC (Teak(R)) and Dual-MAC with
         Instruction Level Parallelism (PalmDSPCore(R)).
 
     About DSP Group, Inc.
     DSP Group, Inc., is a global leader in the development and marketing of
 high-performance, cost-effective, licensable digital signal processing cores.
 The Company's family of DSP cores provides ideal solutions for low-power
 cost-driven applications such as cellular, broadband communication, VoIP,
 multimedia, advanced telecommunication systems, disk drive controllers and
 many other types of embedded control applications.  By combining its DSP core
 technologies with its proprietary advanced speech-processing algorithms, DSP
 Group also delivers a wide range of enabling, application-specific ICs for
 full-featured integrated telephony products and digital cordless applications.
 DSP Group, Inc., maintains an international presence with offices located
 around the globe.  Additional information is available on the World Wide Web
 at: http://www.dspg.com.
 
     Statements contained in this release may constitute forward-looking
 statements.  These statements involve certain risks and uncertainties such as
 acceptance of the company's new products by existing OEM customers, potential
 customers, the possibility that anticipated products based on the company's
 technology may not be released and the company's ability continue to add
 licensees and to develop and produce its new products at competitive costs.
 These factors and other factors which may effect future operating results or
 our stock price are discussed under "RISK FACTORS" in our report on Form 10-K
 for the year ended December 31, 2000, which has been filed with the Securities
 and Exchange Commission and is also available on our website
 (http://www.dspg.com) under Investor Relations.
 
     PalmDSPCore, TeakDSPCore, Teak, TeakLite, OakDSPCore and SmartCores are
 registered or non-registered trademarks of DSP Group, Inc.
 
 

SOURCE DSP Group, Inc.
    SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- DSP Group (Nasdaq:   DSPG), the
 leading  developer and marketer of high-performance, cost-effective,
 licensable digital signal processing cores, today announced that it has been
 named the "clear leader" in the embedded DSP cellular handset phone market, in
 a recent market research report published by Forward Concepts.
     According to Forward Concepts, 416 million cellular handsets were shipped
 last year and 124 million units, representing almost 30% of the total were
 based on licensed-core DSPs. DSP chips from traditional DSP vendors were in
 the other 70%.  Of those based on licensed-core DSPs, the market research firm
 estimates that DSP Group-licensed intellectual property was in an estimated
 67%, or 83 million units, making its IP the clear market leader in
 licensed-core DSP chips used in cellular handsets and a substantial
 number-two, with almost a fifth of the overall worldwide market (20%).
     Will Strauss, president of Forward Concepts said, "Digital wireless is the
 largest market for both traditional DSPs and licensed-core DSPs, and it's
 clear that DSP Group dominates the market for licensed-core DSPs in cellular
 terminals.  Our analysis indicates that only Texas Instruments, the largest
 traditional DSP supplier, exceeds DSP Group's IP in the number of cell phones
 shipped in 2000."
     Responding to the market research firm's analysis, Eli Ayalon, Chairman
 and CEO of DSP Group said, "Actually, over 100 million cores based on DSP
 Group's IP were shipped into the cellular market in 2000, but we acknowledge
 that some percentage are in inventory items or in finished goods that have not
 yet shipped.  This market assessment validates the success of the years of
 development we have made in our advanced DSP Core technology coupled with our
 extensive support to licensees.  This has resulted in our position as the
 number two worldwide supplier of DSP solutions for the cellular handset
 market, and as market leader for the licensed-core DSP market.  Recently we
 have also seen more and more licensees adopting our DSP cores for not only
 3G cellular but also for other applications, such as xDSL modems, VoIP, and
 consumer electronics."
     He went on to say, "This year, cellular shipments by our licensees include
 chips based on our OakDSPCore and TeakLite implementations, as well as planned
 implementations of new designs for 2.5G and 3G cellular handsets employing our
 Teak and PalmDSP Cores. In addition, we are seeing an increasing number of
 third parties, especially software companies, supporting products based on our
 IP."
 
     About DSP Group's SmartCores(TM)
     DSP Group's SmartCores family of low-power fixed-point licensable DSP
 cores offer range of performance, price and power consumption balances,
 addressing a wide range of applications, from low-end, high-volume
 applications, such as digital answering machines, hard disk controllers, low
 speed modems and Voice over IP terminals, to high performance applications
 such as third generation (3G) cellular communications, broadband modems,
 consumer multimedia and Voice over IP gateways.
 
     SmartCores licensees can benefit from the technology in the following
     manners
 
      -- Fully synthesizable soft core which allow porting to any process or
         foundry.
      -- Code compatible - re-use legacy code and significantly shorten time
         to market
      -- Low power consumption
      -- High code density - to reduce chip cost
      -- Various performance level - starting with single-MAC (OakDSPCore(R)
         and TeakLite(R)) architecture to Dual-MAC (Teak(R)) and Dual-MAC with
         Instruction Level Parallelism (PalmDSPCore(R)).
 
     About DSP Group, Inc.
     DSP Group, Inc., is a global leader in the development and marketing of
 high-performance, cost-effective, licensable digital signal processing cores.
 The Company's family of DSP cores provides ideal solutions for low-power
 cost-driven applications such as cellular, broadband communication, VoIP,
 multimedia, advanced telecommunication systems, disk drive controllers and
 many other types of embedded control applications.  By combining its DSP core
 technologies with its proprietary advanced speech-processing algorithms, DSP
 Group also delivers a wide range of enabling, application-specific ICs for
 full-featured integrated telephony products and digital cordless applications.
 DSP Group, Inc., maintains an international presence with offices located
 around the globe.  Additional information is available on the World Wide Web
 at: http://www.dspg.com.
 
     Statements contained in this release may constitute forward-looking
 statements.  These statements involve certain risks and uncertainties such as
 acceptance of the company's new products by existing OEM customers, potential
 customers, the possibility that anticipated products based on the company's
 technology may not be released and the company's ability continue to add
 licensees and to develop and produce its new products at competitive costs.
 These factors and other factors which may effect future operating results or
 our stock price are discussed under "RISK FACTORS" in our report on Form 10-K
 for the year ended December 31, 2000, which has been filed with the Securities
 and Exchange Commission and is also available on our website
 (http://www.dspg.com) under Investor Relations.
 
     PalmDSPCore, TeakDSPCore, Teak, TeakLite, OakDSPCore and SmartCores are
 registered or non-registered trademarks of DSP Group, Inc.
 
 SOURCE  DSP Group, Inc.

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