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Tensilica Joins Synplicity’s ReadyIP Program and Offers Free Production- Ready Processor Core for FPGAs

EMBEDDED SYSTEMS CONFERENCE, San Jose, Calif., April 15, 2008 – Synplicity, Inc., (NASDAQ: SYNP), a leading supplier of innovative IC design and verification solutions, and Tensilica, Inc., a leader in configurable processor technology, today announced that Tensilica has joined Synplicity’s ReadyIP Program, also announced today and that Tensilica will provide the Diamond Standard 106Micro processor core – the industry’s smallest licensable 32-bit processor core based on an industry-standard architecture – free of charge through Synplicity’s Ready IP program. The ReadyIP program delivers a vendor independent design methodology for FPGA implementation and allows designers to easily access, evaluate and incorporate third-party intellectual property (IP), like the Diamond Standard 106Micro, using Synplicity’s Synplify Pro and/or Synplify Premier Version 9.2 FPGA synthesis environments.

This week at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) in San Jose, CA, the companies will showcase how easy it is to download Tensilica’s Diamond Standard 106Micro processor core through the Synplicity tool flow. This flow includes Synplicity’s new System Designer capability, which facilitates easy configuration, assembly, and integration of the Diamond Standard 106Micro processor core. ESC attendees can visit Synplicity’s booth #2302 to view this demonstration and receive more information about the benefits of the ReadyIP Initiative and the Tensilica’s IP Core.

"The ReadyIP program simplifies the access and use of IP for FPGA-based system designs and offers a complete universal design methodology using our synthesis tools," said Andy Haines, senior vice president of marketing, Synplicity. "To that end," he added, "we are very excited to offer customers access to the Diamond 106Micro world-class processor core for use on multiple FPGA platforms. We believe our partnership with Tensilica not only facilitates the delivery of production-ready IP to system designers, but also will make it easier for designers looking to move up from an 8- or 16-bit core to a full 32-bit core."

The Diamond 106Micro offering combines the benefits of the "free IP" that FPGA users expect to receive from their FPGA silicon vendor. Additionally, by providing IP-XACT models of its processor, Tensilica supports Synplicity’s new System Designer IP integration capability, included in the Synplify Pro and Synplify Premier 9.2 software releases. The System Designer capability facilitates easy configuration, assembly and integration of the Diamond 106Micro into a design. A free 15-day evaluation version of the Xplorer Diamond Edition software toolkit and IDE is also available through Synplicity’s ReadyIP program and from www.tensilica.com.

"We applaud Synplicity’s visionary approach to making third party IP instantly accessible and more easily evaluated with their ReadyIP program," stated Steve Roddy, Tensilica’s vice president of marketing and business development. "Now, FPGA designers will benefit from having broad access to the world-class ecosystem that supports Tensilica’s processor architecture as well as the mature, proven software toolset, including an instruction set simulator, debugger, optimizing C/C++ compiler, and much more – all within Tensilica’s Eclipse-based Xplorer™ design environment."

About Synplicity

Synplicity, Inc. (NASDAQ: SYNP) is a leading supplier of innovative IC design and verification solutions that serve a wide range of communications, military/aerospace, semiconductor, consumer, computer, and other electronic applications markets. Synplicity's FPGA implementation tools provide outstanding performance, cost and time-to-market benefits by simplifying, improving and automating logic synthesis, physical synthesis, analysis and debug for programmable logic designs. Synplicity's ESL synthesis solutions significantly improve productivity for DSP designs realized in ASIC and FPGA devices. The Confirma™ at-speed verification platform, comprising software tools and the HAPS™ family of prototyping systems, enables both comprehensive verification of ASIC, ASSP and SoC designs and software development prior to chip tapeout. Synplicity is the number one supplier of FPGA synthesis tools and its physical synthesis and ASIC verification technologies are the recipients of several prestigious industry awards. The company operates in more than 20 facilities worldwide and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. For more information visit http://www.synplicity.com.

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.

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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