Intel licenses DSP
November 09, 2010 // Mark LaPedus
Is Intel Corp. re-entering the DSP business? In a major move, Intel has licensed Ceva Inc.'s digital signal processor (DSP) intellectual property (IP).
In the past, Intel attempted to enter the DSP arena. Several years ago, Intel was co-developing a line of DSPs with Analog Devices Inc. (ADI). But those efforts failed to bear fruit for Intel and the deal was quietly scrapped.
ADI disagreed and issued this statement: ''Intel and ADI did indeed embark on a joint venture, but it was not scrapped. Rather the partnership concluded quite successfully from ADIs perspective and yielded what ultimately became ADIs Blackfin processor architecture. Blackfin remains a successful processor family for Analog Devices and to date millions of units have shipped into a variety of end applications.''
Meanwhile, the Intel-Ceva deal has more questions than answers. ''Very few details were provided in the press release; however, we believe Intel plans to use the CEVA DSP core in future 4G wireless baseband chips,'' said Gary Mobley, an analyst with Benchmark.
''The agreement announced between Ceva and Intel is independent of Intels pending acquisition of Infineons baseband business, which already uses Cevas DSP engines,'' he said in a report. ''Intel, separate from Infineons baseband business, is not a significant player in the wireless baseband market. While Intel has been a big proponent of WiMax, Intel is not even a major player in WiMax basebands.''
What are Intel's future plans with the DSP? ''Intel will most likely utilize the licensed CEVA-XC core for LTE (Long-Term Evolution) baseband chip development, and perhaps, future versions of WiMax basebands,'' he said. ''While Intel is a great company to announce as a licensee, Intels track record in cellular baseband product development has been spotty. Accordingly, independent of the acquisition of Infineons baseband business, Intels has not demonstrated that they can be a significant royalty contributor to Ceva.''All news
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