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Tensilica’s Xtensa Processor Core Adopted by NEC For NEC’s Mobile Phone SOC

SANTA CLARA, Calif. USA and TOKYO, JAPAN – Sept. 8, 2008 – Tensilica, Inc. today announced that NEC Corporation of Tokyo, Japan, has licensed the Xtensa LX2 customizable processor core for NEC’s Mobile Phone SOC (system-on-chip). NEC will develop Mobile Phone SOCs using several different configurations of the Xtensa processor.

"We are pleased to have been selected by NEC, a leading Japanese Mobile Phone manufacture," stated Jack Guedj, Tensilica’s CEO. "With the Xtensa LX2 processor core, NEC’s design teams can innovate more quickly while reducing design risks. Our Xtensa products are a good match for baseband DSP applications as they can simply be optimized to achieve unparalleled level of speed/power performance."

Customizable Processors Ideal for High-Speed Baseband DSP Designs

Tensilica’s Xtensa customizable processors are widely employed by companies such as NEC for baseband DSP tasks because they can be optimized with specialized instructions that speed the processing of high-speed, real-time data streams.

About NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701) is one of the world's leading providers of Internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of a diversified global base of customers. NEC delivers tailored solutions in the key fields of computer, networking and electron devices, by integrating its technical strengths in IT and Networks. The NEC Group employs more than 150,000 people worldwide. For additional information, please visit the NEC website at: http://www.nec.com

About Tensilica

Tensilica, Inc., is the recognized leader in customizable applications processors, DSPs and standard IP cores for audio, video, imaging, security, networking, and baseband signal processing. The automated design tools behind all of Tensilica’s customizable applications processor cores powers top tier semiconductor companies, innovative start-ups, and system OEMs for high-volume products including mobile phones , consumer electronics devices (including portable media players, digital TV, and broadband set top boxes), computers, and storage, networking and communications equipment. For more information on Tensilica’s patented, benchmark-proven processors, visit www.tensilica.com.

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Editors’ Notes:

  • Tensilica and Xtensa are registered trademarks belonging to Tensilica Inc. All other company and product names mentioned are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
  • Tensilica’s announced licensees include Tensilica’s announced licensees include ADDMM, Afa Technologies, ALPS, Aquantia, Astute Networks, Atheros, AMD (ATI), Avision, Bay Microsystems, Berkeley Wireless Research Center, Brocade, Broadcom, Cisco Systems, CMC Microsystems, Conexant Systems, Design Art Networks, DS2, EE Solutions, Epson, ETRI, FUJIFILM Microdevices, Fujitsu Ltd., Hudson Soft, iBiquity Digital, Ikanos Communications, Intel, Juniper Networks, LG Electronics, Lucid Information Technology, Marvell, NEC Laboratories America, NEC Corporation, NetEffect, Neterion, Nethra Imaging, Nippon Telephone and Telegraph (NTT), NuFront, NVIDIA, Olympus Optical Co. Ltd., Penstar, Plato Networks, PnpNetwork Technologies, SiBEAM, Silicon Optix, Sony, STMicroelectronics, Stretch, TranSwitch Corporation, Triductor Technology, u-Nav Microelectronics, UpZide, Valens Semiconductor, Validity Sensors, Victor Company of Japan (JVC), WiLinx, WiQuest Communications, and XM Radio