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DS2 Licenses Tensilica’s Xtensa Processor for 200 Mbps Powerline Chipset

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – November 28, 2007 – Tensilica, Inc. today announced that Design of Systems on Silicon S.A. (DS2) has licensed Tensilica’s Xtensa configurable processor to use as a controller in a 200 Mbps powerline chipset. This chipset enables broadband and networking in homes over power lines, coaxial cable and telephone wire.

"We needed a supplier we could depend on, and we were very impressed with Tensilica’s support for their products," stated Mayte Bacete, operations director, DS2. "The Xtensa configurable processor gives us the right mix of performance and low power that we need for these chip designs."

"As a leader in broadband powerline communications, DS2 is doing some very innovative design work for every segment of the network, from the most performance demanding backhaul optical switch to the most cost-sensitive home networking PLC appliance," stated Steve Roddy, Tensilica’s vice president of marketing. "We’re excited that our Xtensa processor was chosen as the controller for these chip designs."

About DS2

DS2 is the leading technology innovator and a global provider of high-speed semiconductor solutions for Powerline Communications and other wire-line network communications products. Led by a very strong team of former executives from IBM, Lucent Technologies’ Bell-Labs, Intel, Philips Semiconductors, France Telecom, Ericsson and Cisco we deliver state-of-the-art

ICs and software solutions to manufacturers of consumer electronics, home networking and digital entertainment equipment and broadband access products. DS2 invented high-speed Powerline Communications delivering the first 200 Mbps Powerline Communications IC to enable the delivery of quality multimedia home networking, networked entertainment and broadband access applications to and throughout the home, office, or building, and to and throughout urban and rural communities. Enabling the hidden multimedia network behind the power outlet is the purpose of DS2. Our mission is to connect the Planet. www.ds2.es

About Tensilica

Tensilica, Inc., is the recognized leader in configurable processor technology and has leveraged that technology to become the leading supplier of licensable controllers and DSP cores for mobile audio and video applications. Tensilica offers the broadest line of controller, CPU, network, and specialty DSP processors in the market today – including full software tool-chain and modeling support - in both, an off-the-shelf format via the Diamond Standard Series cores and with full designer configurability with the Xtensa processor family. The modern design behind all of Tensilica’s processor cores provides semiconductor companies and system OEMs with the lowest power, smallest area solutions for high-volume products including mobile phones and other consumer electronics, networking and telecommunications equipment, and computer peripherals. 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 Afa Technologies, ALPS, Aquantia, Astute Networks, Atheros, AMD (ATI), Avision, Bay Microsystems, Berkeley Wireless Research Center, Broadcom, Brocade, Cisco Systems, CMC Microsystems, Conexant Systems, DS2, EE Solutions, Epson, ETRI, FUJIFILM Microdevices, Fujitsu Ltd., Hudson Soft, iBiquity Digital, Ikanos Communications, Intel, Juniper Networks, LG Electronics, Lucid Information Technology, Marvell, MedioPhy, 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, u-Nav Microelectronics, Valens Semiconductor, Validity Sensors, Victor Company of Japan (JVC), and XM Radio.