Israel's CEVA, US DARPA establish partnership for technology innovation

Commercial partnership under the Defense Department agency's new Toolbox initiative provides DARPA researchers with access to CEVA's portfolio of wireless connectivity and smart sensing IPs

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Israeli company CEVA, a leading licensor of wireless connectivity and smart sensing technologies, announced Tuesday an open licensing agreement with the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to accelerate technology innovation for the agency's programs. The partnership, as part of the DARPA Toolbox initiative, establishes an access framework under which DARPA organizations can access all of CEVA's commercially available IPs, tools and support to expedite their programs.

In a statement, CEVA said DARPA Toolbox is a new, agency-wide effort aimed at providing open licensing opportunities with commercial technology vendors to the researchers behind DARPA programs. Through DARPA Toolbox, successful proposers will receive greater access to commercial vendors' technologies and tools via pre-negotiated, low-cost, non-production access frameworks and simplified legal terms. For commercial vendors, DARPA Toolbox will provide an opportunity to leverage the agency's forward-looking research and a chance to develop new revenue streams based on programmatic achievements developed with their technologies.

CEVA, along with Arm and Verific, are the first wave of technology companies to sign commercial partnership agreements under DARPA Toolbox. As licensees of CEVA IPs, DARPA researchers stand to benefit by having access to CEVA's processors, tools and support for technical areas that intersect with CEVA's wireless connectivity and smart sensing portfolio. Key technologies offered by CEVA under the initiative include DSPs and software for 5G baseband processing, short range connectivity, sensor fusion, computer vision, sound processing and artificial intelligence.