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DSP Group and ART Announce Availability of Advanced Speech Recognition Capabilities for SmartCores

Feb 19, 2002
SANTA CLARA, Calif. and ATLANTA, Feb 19, 2002 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ --

SmartCores-enabled Speech Recognition Technology for Mobile Devices Offers Solution for System OEMs

DSP Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DSPG), the world leader in the development and licensing of Digital Signal Processors (DSPs) cores, and ART, Advanced Recognition Technologies Inc., the world's leading independent producer of speech and handwriting recognition technologies for the mobile world, announced today the availability of ART's smARTspeak NG speech recognition capabilities for DSP Group's SmartCores(TM) family of licensable IP cores.

The DSP-based solution addresses the intensive processing-power challenges of today's mass-market mobile devices in a cost-effective manner. ART's smARTspeak NG speech recognition technology will be initially implemented on DSP Group's TeakLite(R) DSP core. The TeakLite core is a 16-bit general- purpose DSP core targeted for applications requiring low power consumption, low bandwidth and high processing volume such as 2G and 2.5G wireless communication, as well as Internet Audio formats including MP3 and WMA, and Voice Over IP phones. ART's unique smARTspeak NG is the first product to successfully combine all the speech recognition functions usually found separately on either speaker-independent or speaker-dependent systems.

"DSP Group believes in the importance of adding to its existing large group of technology partners in order to leverage its SmartCores family of licensable IP cores and provide its customers with complementary solutions including applications, tools and design services," said Bat-Sheva Ovadia, VP of marketing and business development of DSP Group's Technology Licensing Division. "With ART's all-in-one speech recognition technology bundled with our DSP core, we are offering another attractive solution to our customers."

"After more than a decade at the forefront of speech and handwriting recognition, ART's solutions are increasingly being integrated into leading core technologies for mass market mobile devices -- resulting in smaller development resource and shorter time to market for manufacturers," says Eran Aharonson, President of ART. "Being chosen to support DSP Group's highly innovative SmartCores family is a development which will greatly benefit both OEM's and end users."

About SmartCores

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 benefit from a fully synthesizable soft core, that allows porting to any process or foundry. Low power consumption challenges are addressed at various stages of development from the architecture definition phase through to the final implementation. Our DSP Cores are designed to meet the high code density requirements, thereby reducing the overall chip cost. The SmartCores family of programmable DSPs offers various levels of performance including single-MAC architecture (OakDSPCore(R) and TeakLite), dual-MAC (Teak(R)) and dual-MAC with Instruction Level Parallelism (PalmDSPCore(R)). Code compatibility enables the reuse of legacy code and significantly shortens time to market.

About smARTspeak NG

First to successfully combine all Voice Dialing and Control functions for speaker independent and speaker dependent systems, smARTspeak NG is an all-in-one speech recognition algorithm that allows OEMs to customize required functions onto single mass produced models instead of having to choose between technologies for deployment on new devices.

Combining ART's award-winning technologies, smARTspeak NG offers voice-enabled features such as name dialing, continuous digit dialing, menu navigation and device control, and it includes ART's latest innovation: a Speaker Independent Digit Dialing function with adaptation possibility for heavily accented International English -- or any other language spoken with dialect. This simple 30-second adaptation allows further personalization according to the needs of each user.

About DSP Group, Inc.

DSP Group, Inc., is a global leader in the development and marketing of high-performance, cost-effective, licensable DSP cores. The company's family of DSP cores provides ideal solutions for low-power, cost-effective applications, such as cellular, broadband communications, VoIP, multimedia, advanced telecommunications systems, disk-drive controllers, and 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 integrated circuits for full-featured, integrated-telephony products and applications, including spread spectrum wireless technologies. DSP Group maintains an international presence with offices located around the globe. More information about DSP Group is available on its Web site at

About ART, Advanced Recognition Technologies Inc.

Established in 1990, ART is the acknowledged pioneer and market leader in Natural User systems of embedded Speech and Handwriting Recognition for mobile devices. Having generated a decade of software innovation, today it develops and markets technologically superior solutions such as smARTspeak NG, simpliWrite and smARTwriter for the control and command of mobile devices by the human voice and natural handwriting. Through its range of proprietary technologies based on unique, signal-processing algorithms, ART provides next-generation human user interface solutions for cellular handsets, smartphones, mobile communicators, PDAs and handhelds, and automotive systems.

ART's embedded software-only solutions are deployed in dozens of product lines from industry leaders such as Acer, Agere Systems, A.T. Cross, Casio, Franklin, GVC, Hitachi, Hutel, Konka, LGE, Maxon, Microsoft, Mitsubishi, Motorola, NeoPoint, OTM Technologies, Panasonic, Philips, Quanta, Samsung, Siemens Automotive, Texas Instruments and TTPCom.

Based in the United States, with sales offices on the East and West Coasts, ART maintains a wholly owned Israeli subsidiary -- ART Ltd. -- where research and development are conducted. ART is active in the U.S., European, and Asian markets. For more about ART see: .

This press release contains statements that may constitute "forward-looking statements" under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements made by Ms. Ovadia regarding the expected benefits of delivering speech recognition functionality on the TeakLite DSP Core, as well as statements made by Mr. Aharonson regarding the advantages of combining DSP Group's and ART's technologies. These statements are based on current expectations and DSP Group assumes no obligation to update this information. In addition, the events described in these forward-looking statements may not actually arise. DSP Group's expectations and perceptions about the advantages of speech recognition technology could differ materially from actual results due to certain risk factors, including the market acceptance of the new technology by existing and potential customers, the timing of product deliveries, DSP Group's ability to further develop and enhance the new technology at competitive costs and in a timely manner, and the introduction of competing products and technologies. These factors and other factors which may effect future operating results or stock price of DSP Group are discussed under "RISK FACTORS" in the company's report on form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2001, which has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and is also available on the company's Web site ( under Investor Relations.

NOTE: smARTspeak NG(TM) and simpliWrite(TM) are trademarks, and smARTwriter(R) a registered trademark of ART, Advanced Recognition Technologies Inc. PalmDSPCore, Teak, TeakLite and OakDSPCore are registered trademarks and SmartCores is a trademark of DSP Group, Inc. Other brands and products referenced herein are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

    For more information, contact:

     Bat-Sheva Ovadia
     VP Marketing and Business Development
     Technology Licensing Division
     DSP Group, Inc.
     Tel:  972-9-952-9616

     Roy Timor
     Director of Marketing
     ART, Advanced Recognition Technologies Inc.
     Tel:  972-3-642-7242 X139

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SOURCE DSP Group, Inc.

CONTACT:          Bat-Sheva Ovadia, VP Marketing and Business Development,
                  Technology Licensing Division of DSP Group, Inc., 972-9-952-9616, or
        ; or Roy Timor, Director of Marketing of ART, Advanced
                  Recognition Technologies Inc., 972-3-642-7242, ext. 139, or

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