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Tensilica Licenses Xtensa LX2 Configurable Processor to Marvell

Marvell to use Xtensa LX2 Broadly Across Various Product Lines

SANTA CLARA, CA, USA –February 1, 2007 – Tensilica, Inc., today announced that Marvell, (NASDAQ: MRVL), the leader in storage, communications, and consumer silicon solutions, has taken a company-wide license to Tensilica’s Xtensa LX2 configurable processor. This agreement was driven in part by Marvell’s successful use of Tensilica’s earlier Xtensa processors in high-volume printer applications, Yukon gigabit Ethernet products, and LinkStreet router products. Marvell plans to use the Xtensa LX2 configurable processor in various products throughout the company.

"By using Tensilica’s Xtensa processors in three very high-volume product lines, Marvell is able to take advantage of the extreme flexibility that these configurable processors provide for our design teams," stated Alan Armstrong, vice president of marketing for Marvell’s Storage Business Group. "Our design teams will be able to deploy Tensilica processors in a broad range of roles, including many non-traditional design sockets within datapath and dataplane functions."

"Marvell is a clear leader in the semiconductor industry and their continued use of the Xtensa product family further underscores the strengths of Tensilica’s patented technology," stated Chris Rowen, Tensilica’s president and CEO. "We look forward to working with Marvell as they take further advantage of the design productivity and performance improvements made possible by our highly automated configurable processor generation technology."

About Marvell

Marvell® (NASDAQ: MRVL) is the leader in development of storage, communications, and consumer silicon solutions. The company’s diverse product portfolio includes switching, transceiver, communications controller, wireless and storage solutions that power the entire communications infrastructure including enterprise, metro, home and storage networking. As used in this release, the terms "company" and "Marvell" refer to Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and its subsidiaries, including Marvell Semiconductor Inc. (MSI), Marvell Asia Pte Ltd (MAPL), Marvell Japan K.K., Marvell Taiwan Ltd., Marvell International Ltd. (MIL), Marvell U.K. Limited, Marvell Semiconductor Israel Ltd. (MSIL), RADLAN Computer Communications Ltd., and SysKonnect GmbH. MSI is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and designs, develops and markets products on behalf of MIL and MAPL. MSI may be contacted at (408) 222-2500 or at www.marvell.com.

About Tensilica

Tensilica offers the broadest line of full designer configurability with the Xtensa processor family and controller, CPU, and specialty DSP processors on the market today, in an off-the-shelf format via the Diamond Standard Series cores. 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.

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Editors’ Notes

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