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VaST and Tensilica to Deliver High-performance Models Supporting Electronics Virtualization for Consumer Electronics OEMs

SUNNYVALE, California, March 25, 2008 — VaST Systems, the leader in electronics virtualization, and Tensilica today announced that models of Tensilica processors are now available from VaST Systems for the VaST CoMET System Engineering Environment.

Customers of both Tensilica’s fully configurable Xtensa processor products and off-the-shelf Diamond Standard Series will be able to easily import the cycle accurate instruction set simulator provided by Tensilica into the VaST platform for early architectural exploration and software development and debugging. Chip designers can test their Tensilica processor-based designs early in the design cycle with real software using VaST virtual system prototypes, significantly shortening the overall design cycle compared to traditional design methods and allowing designers to test design trade-offs while changes can still be cost-effectively made.

"This technology allows customers to dramatically reduce time to market by creating complete high-speed, cycle-accurate models of their products prior to IC design implementation or hardware prototyping," said Jeff Roane, vice president of marketing for VaST Systems.
Driven by strong customer demand for both VaST and Tensilica products, this integration brings productivity enhancing design capability to the customer base. Mutual customers will have an end-to-end design flow to rapidly configure multiple architectural candidates and verify the candidate's in-system on real software.

"More and more of our customers are making virtualization solutions an integral part of their overall design flow. Working with VaST allows us to better satisfy customer demand. VaST’s solutions allow our customers to check in-system performance and make critical cost, performance, and power trade-offs to determine the best Xtensa processor configuration for their needs," stated Steve Roddy, Tensilica’s vice president of marketing and business development.

About Tensilica

Tensilica offers the broadest line of controller, CPU and specialty audio and video 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.

About VaST

VaST drives electronics virtualization. VaST fundamentally changes the electronics industry by breaking the dependency on hardware prototypes. With VaST, electronics companies develop virtual system prototypes—timing-accurate, high-speed simulation models of their electronic systems—for use in design and supply chain enablement. Using virtualization, customers develop software before hardware and enable early software development by ecosystem partners that cuts time to market by 8 months or more.

VaST’s customers include worldwide leaders in automotive, consumer, and wireless markets. VaST is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California with sales and support offices worldwide.

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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, Chiplen, 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, MediaPhy, 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, Samsung, Sandforce, Server Engines, SiBEAM, Silicon Optix, Sony, STMicroelectronics, Stretch, TranSwitch Corporation, u-Nav Microelectronics, UpZide, Valens Semiconductor, Validity Sensors, Victor Company of Japan (JVC), WiLinx, and XM Radio