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DSP Group-Powered Clarity Alto(TM) Phone System by Plantronics First to Achieve TIA-4953 Standard for Sound Amplification
DSP Group's XceedR(TM) SoC DECT Chipset, Selected to Power the Clarity Alto Amplified Telephone by Plantronics, Enables Advanced Cordless Functionality and Superb Audio Quality

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DSP Group®, Inc. (Nasdaq:DSPG), a leading global provider of wireless chipset solutions for converged communications, announced today that its XceedRDECT chipset solution has been selected to power the Alto™, a new amplified telephone from Clarity, a division of Plantronics (NYSE:PLT). The DSP Group-powered telephone is the first to pass the Telephone Industry Association's (TIA) new standard for sound amplification and frequency, TIA-4953.   

DSP Group's cutting-edge XceedR SoC DECT cordless chipset family brings extended range, powerful processing capability, and superb audio quality to cordless telephony. Together with its firmware and reference software features, XceedR minimizes R&D costs and reduces time to market, while guaranteeing standards compliancy, HD quality audio, multi-line, multi-party conferencing and mobility support through DECT/CAT-iq handsets and headsets.

The new TIA-4953 standard, published in May 2012, establishes the first official industry benchmarks for telephones designed for individuals with hearing loss. The purpose of TIA-4953 is to provide hearing impaired consumers with objective information to verify how a specific telephone model will help them communicate better.

"DSP Group's XceedR chipset helped us to meet the new standard's rigorous requirements," said Carsten Trads, President of Clarity. "These new requirements are critically important to improve telephone communication for millions in the hearing impaired community. People with hearing loss can be confident that telephones compliant with the new TIA standards will, without a doubt, help them communicate better, measurably improving their quality of life," he concluded.

"We are pleased with our long-term partnership with Clarity, and of course with their choice of our XceedR DECT chipset solution to power their best in class amplified phones," said Sai Yelisetty, Vice President US Sales and Marketing of DSP Group. "Leveraging DSP Group's chipset, Clarity will lead the industry forward to meet emerging audio standards."

About Clarity - Smart for Seniors™

Clarity, a division of Plantronics (NYSE:PLT), creates smart communication solutions that help seniors live richer, more engaged lives. For more than 40 years, Clarity's innovative products—such as amplified telephones, notification systems and assistive listening devices—have helped people with hearing loss, low vision, limited mobility, dexterity issues and other health challenges. Clarity has pioneered many firsts—from digital sound processing in 2005 to remote-access customer service in 2010. Millions rely on Clarity to communicate at home, at work and throughout their lives. For more information, please visit or call 1-800-426-3738.

About DSP Group

DSP Group®, Inc. (Nasdaq:DSPG) is a leading global provider of wireless chipset solutions for converged communications. Delivering semiconductor system solutions with software and reference designs, DSP Group enables OEMs/ODMs, consumer electronics (CE) manufacturers and service providers to cost-effectively develop new revenue-generating products with fast time to market. At the forefront of semiconductor innovation and operational excellence for over two decades, DSP Group provides a broad portfolio of wireless chipsets integrating DECT/CAT-iq, DECT ULE, Wi-Fi, PSTN, HDClear™, video and VoIP technologies. DSP Group enables converged voice, audio, video and data connectivity across diverse mobile, consumer and enterprise products – from mobile devices, connected multimedia screens, and home automation & security to cordless phones, VoIP systems, and home gateways. Leveraging industry-leading experience and expertise, DSP Group partners with CE manufacturers and service providers to shape the future of converged communications at home, office and on the go. For more information, visit

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