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WiQuest Licenses Tensilica’s Xtensa Processor for Low-Power Wireless USB Chip Design

WiQuest Licenses Tensilica’s Xtensa Processor for Low-Power Wireless USB Chip Design

SANTA CLARA, CA, – June 22, 2006 – Tensilica, Inc. today announced that WiQuest Communications, Inc. has deployed the Xtensa configurable processor in WiQuest’s WQST110 ultrawideband (UWB) wireless USB chip design.

"We licensed the Xtensa processor because it was the lowest power processor on the market, which is essential for wireless designs," stated Greg Christison, vice president of Engineering, WiQuest Communications. "We were also impressed with Tensilica’s automated capabilities for configuring the processor. Their tools made it very easy to select and employ just those features we needed for our design. The fact that the software tool chain automatically reflected all of the configuration features we picked was especially important."

WiQuest is enabling the emerging multi-billion dollar UWB market with their WiMedia technology, which enables universal, high-speed, short-range wireless connectivity between many types of digital products. A single wireless UWB connection can replace the expensive and unsightly cables used to connect consumer entertainment and computing products, providing a simple and easy process to connect devices with each other. The WiQuest WQST110/101 chipset provides extremely high-performance streaming media and file transfers. It is the highest speed UWB product on the market, and fully supports the Certified Wireless USB specification. WiQuest provides the complete solution, including all required application software and drivers, and proven reference designs.

"We are pleased that WiQuest picked Tensilicas processor technology after a very thorough review of all of the processor alternatives," stated Steve Roddy, Tensilica’s vice president of Marketing. "Their application demonstrates the power-saving and cost-savings advantages of being able to configure the processor for only those features that are needed in a target application."

About WiQuest Communications

WiQuest Communications, Inc. is a privately held fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops and supplies complete ultrawideband solutions to PC, consumer electronics and mobile systems companies worldwide. The company builds leading-edge products for high-speed wireless communications using WiMedia ultrawideband technology. To learn more about WiQuest Communications visit www.WiQuest.com.

About Tensilica

Tensilica offers the broadest line of controller, CPU and specialty DSP processors on the market today, in both an off-the-shelf format via the Diamond Standard Series cores and with full designer configurability with the Xtensa processor family. Tensilica’s low-power, benchmark proven processors have been designed into high-volume products at industry leaders in the digital consumer, networking and telecommunications markets. All Tensilica processor cores are complete with a matching software development tool environment, portfolio of system simulation models, and hardware implementation tool support. For more information on Tensilica's patented approach to the creation of application-specific building blocks for SOC design, visit www.tensilica.com.

Editors’ Notes:

  • Tensilica and Xtensa are registered trademarks belonging to Tensilica Inc. All other company and product names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
  • Tensilica’s announced licensees include ALPS, AMCC (JNI Corporation), Astute Networks, Atheros, ATI, Avago Technologies, Avision, Bay Microsystems, Berkeley Wireless Research Center, Broadcom, Cisco Systems, Conexant Systems, Cypress, Crimson Microsystems, Dresden Silicon, ETRI, FUJIFILM Microdevices, Fujitsu Ltd., Hudson Soft, Hughes Network Systems, Ikanos Communications, LG Electronics, Marvell, MediaWorks, NEC Laboratories America, NEC Corporation, NetEffect, Neterion, Nippon Telephone and Telegraph (NTT), NVIDIA, Olympus Optical Co. Ltd., sci-worx, Seiko Epson, Solid State Systems, Sony, STMicroelectronics, Stretch, TranSwitch Corporation, u-Nav Microelectronics, Victor Company of Japan (JVC) and WiQuest Communications.