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DSP Group Certifies Taiwan's SOTA as System-on-Chip Design Center For SmartCores(TM) DSP Family

Nov 1, 2001
SANTA CLARA, Calif. and HSINCHU, Taiwan, Nov 1, 2001 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

Collaboration to Focus on Wireless System Designs Using Industry-Standard Processors

DSP Group (Nasdaq: DSPG), the leading company in the development and licensing of high-performance, low-power, digital-signal-processor (DSP) cores, and SOTA Design Technology, Inc., a System-on-Chip (SoC) solution provider, announced today that SOTA has received "Certified Design Center" status for DSP Group's SmartCores(TM) DSP family.

SOTA will apply its expertise to assist customers in designing wireless/cellular and other telecommunications SoCs that combine products from DSP Group's SmartCores family with industry-standard processors from companies such as ARM.

DSP Group's SmartCores family includes PalmDSPCore(R), Teak(R) and TeakLite(R), all of which are fully synthesizable DSP cores designed to allow customers to meet specific needs for system performance, size and power consumption. These cores, optimized for performance and low-power consumption, are targeted to a wide assortment of applications in wireless/cellular and telecommunications, as well as speech processing and embedded control.

"SOTA has expertise in cellular SoC designs and DSP Group clearly is a leader in licensing cores to the wireless industry," said Yih-Sheng Wey, SOTA's president. "This design collaboration is intended to allow both companies to bring highly integrated, cost-effective, state-of-the-art solutions to our mutual customers in the wireless industry."

"With SOTA joining our Certified Design Center network, we believe we can better serve the steadily growing demand for SmartCores-based SoC designs in Taiwan and China," said Gideon Wertheizer, executive vice president of DSP Group's technology licensing division. "Taiwan is a key semiconductor and OEM design location and the qualification of SOTA will allow us to strengthen our support to companies in that region."

About SOTA Design Technology, Inc.

SOTA Design Technology, Inc., is a professional SoC solution provider located inside Science Based Industrial Park, also known as Taiwan's Silicon Valley. SOTA, which is also an ARM-approved design center program partner, is a pioneer in intellectual property development and integrated-circuit (IC) design service, whose members come from world-leading IC design firms such as Intel, SGI, Fujitsu, and SiS. Its engineering work force has more than 100 years of combined experience in IC-based design. As an approved design service center of ARM and DSP Group, SOTA provides CPU-based platform and DSP-based platform solutions to its customers worldwide. The company's web site is

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, Voice over IP, multimedia, advanced telecommunication 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 ICs for full-featured integrated-telephony products and applications, including spread spectrum wireless technologies. DSP Group maintains an international presence with offices around the world. Additional information about DSP Group is available on its web site at

This press release contains statements that may qualify as "forward-looking statements" under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including the statements made by Mr. Wertheizer about the expectations of the design collaboration with SOTA. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and the Company assumes no obligation to update this information. In addition, the events described or implied in these forward-looking statements may not actually arise. The Company's expectations about the design collaboration with SOTA could differ materially from those described in this press release as a result of various factors, including, the success of the design collaboration, market acceptance and demand of the SmartCores-based SoC designs in Taiwan and China, the Company's ability to further develop and enhance the SmartCores to differentiate it from the Company's competitors at cost-effective prices and in a timely manner, the introduction of competing products and technology, and the general market demand for products that incorporate the Company's DSP technology. For a further discussion of such factors, see the information provided under the heading "Factors Affecting Future Operating Results" in the Company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2001, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 14, 2001 and is also available on the Company's Web site ( under Investor Relations.

NOTE: PalmDSPCore, Teak and TeakLite 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.

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