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Tensilica's Xtensa Processors Enable Next-Generation Mobile HD Radio Technology

Low-Power Chipset Helps OEMs Build Portable Radios and MP3 Players

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -March 11, 2008 - Tensilica, Inc. today announced that its Xtensa configurable processor has been designed into the baseband processor in Samsung EM's HD Radio chipset. The baseband processor, based on a design by iBiquity Digital Corporation, the developer and licensor of HD Radio technology and a Tensilica processor reseller, integrates the memory, SDRAM and flash in a system-in-package measuring just 9 x 9 mm. Including the companion RF (radio frequency) chip, this low-power chip set's total power consumption is 150 mW, making it ideal for a wide range of battery powered portable devices capable of tuning and demodulating AM/FM radio broadcast in both analog and HD Radio digital technology .

"After working closely with iBiquity, it was exciting to see a demonstration of their latest technology, which employs our processors," stated Steve Roddy, Tensilica's vice president of marketing. "Samsung EM has developed an impressive platform that will enable even more new HD Radio consumer product designs."

About iBiquity Digital

iBiquity Digital Corporation is the developer of the HD Radio system. This technology allows AM and FM stations to broadcast digital signals in tandem with their analog signals, providing broadcasters with a platform to offer crystal-clear, CD-quality sound and scrolling text and graphics; as well as multiple channels of programming on the same FM frequency (multicasting) and advanced services such as traffic updates and content...all subscription free. Over 1,600 U.S. HD Radio stations are now on the air, with more than 700 offering additional content via multicast channels. For more information, please visit http://www.hdradio.com and http://www.ibiquity.com.

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 on the market today - including full software toolchain 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 provide 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 .

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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.