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Tensilica and mimoOn Partner for LTE Baseband Handset Solutions

mimoOn and Tensilica to Provide Low Power, Small Footprint and Programmable IP Solutions for Mobile Wireless Radios

Duisburg, Germany - February 10, 2010 - mimoOn, a pioneer in LTE software implementations for programmable radio platforms, and Tensilica, Inc., a leader in programmable and efficient IP cores for advanced mobile wireless SOCs (system-on-chips), today announced a partnership to offer best-in-class LTE solutions for mobile wireless radios based on mimoOn's mi!MobilePHY software and Tensilica's newly announced ConnX Baseband Engine (BBE16) and ConnX Atlas LTE Reference Architecture.

mi!MobilePHY is a full-featured and certified LTE software solution for user equipment (handsets) that supports mandatory and optional features in the 3GPP Release 8 standard. mimoOn's software is modular and written in ANSI-C language, which allows flexibility and scalability, with innovative algorithms such as advanced MIMO detectors. miMobilePHY is written for low memory and low power consumption.

Tensilica's ConnX BBE based wireless radio platform enables efficient baseband processing for 3G, LTE and 4G wireless equipment. The combination of Tensilica's optimized high-performance DSPs (digital signal processors) and controllers integrated in a single dataplane processor (DPU) platform provides designers with the ability to make the right tradeoffs between size, power and programmability to meet the challenging needs of the next generation radios.

"Tensilica offers a high performance, yet low power,  programmable hardware platform for LTE and 4G designs," stated Thomas Kaiser, CEO of mimoOn. "Our collaboration with Tensilica will enable customers to build high quality solutions for the LTE release 8 standard, with a clear upgrade path for release 9 and 10, as well as backwards compatibility with some of the legacy standards."

"mimoOn offers a high-quality algorithm and proven implementation for LTE software," stated Jack Guedj, Tensilica's President and CEO. "With this partnership, we can provide our customers an efficient programmable mobile wireless radio reference platform to accelerate their time to market."

A demonstration of mimoOn's LTE software mi!MobilePHY running on Tensilica's ConnX baseband platform will be displayed at MWC Barcelona, February 15-18, 2010.

Contact info@mimoon.de for a meeting.

About mimoOn

mimoOn GmbH is the LTE pioneer in end-to-end software implementation and system design on SDR platforms. The company's scalable and modular 3GPP LTE infrastructure software families "mi!Femto & mi!Pico" and terminal software family "mi!Mobile" allows equipment manufacturers to fully exploit the numerous benefits of SDR. mimoOn's pre-certified Physical Layer (PHY) and Protocol Stack (MAC, PDCP, RLC, and RRC) software packages assure fast time to market, conformance to the latest release of the standards, ease of integration, and design to the lowest BoM. Thanks to SDR, mimoOn's LTE hardware product "mi!TestMOBILE" delivers an affordable, highly flexible, portable test device enabling a reduction in CAPEX and OPEX for OEMs and network operators.

Due to the team's strong background from tier 1 mobile phone manufacturers and the company's ongoing research at leading-edge academic institutions, mimoOn is able to provide highly innovative solutions to the cellular industry. The company has been voted into EE Times annual list of Emerging Startups and also listed as one of Germany's most promising High-Tech companies. Visit www.mimoOn.de

About Tensilica

Tensilica, Inc. - the leader in customizable dataplane processors - is a semiconductor IP licensor recognized by the Gartner Group as the fastest growing semiconductor IP supplier in 2008.  Dataplane Processor Units (DPUs) combine the best capabilities of CPUs and DSPs while delivering 10-to-100-times the performance because they can be customized using Tensilica's automated design tools to meet specific dataplane performance targets. Tensilica's DPUs  power SOC designs at system OEMs and five out of the top 10 semiconductor companies for products including mobile phones, consumer electronics devices (including digital TV, Blu-ray Disc players, broadband set top boxes and portable media players), computers, and storage, networking and communications equipment. For more information on Tensilica's patented, benchmark-proven DPUs visit www.tensilica.com.

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Editors' Notes:

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  • Tensilica's announced licensees include:  ADDMM, Afa Technologies, ALPS,  Aquantia, Astute Networks, Atheros, AMD (ATI), Avision, Bay Microsystems, Blue Wonder, Brocade, Broadcom, Cisco Systems, CMC Microsystems, Conexant Systems, Design Art Networks, DS2, EE Solutions, Epson, ETRI, FUJIFILM Microdevices, Fujitsu Ltd., Fujitsu Microelectronics Ltd., Hudson Soft, iBiquity Digital, Ikanos Communications, IDT, Intel, Juniper Networks, LG Electronics, Lucid Information Technology, Marvell,  NEC Laboratories America, NEC Corporation, Neterion, Nethra Imaging, Nippon Telephone and Telegraph (NTT), NuFront, NVIDIA, Olympus Optical Co. Ltd.,  Panasonic Mobile, Penstar, Plato Networks, PnpNetwork Technologies, PowerLayer Microsystems, Samsung, SiBEAM, Sony, STMicroelectronics, Stretch, TranSwitch Corporation, Triductor Technology, UpZide, Valens Semiconductor, Validity Sensors, Victor Company of Japan (JVC), WiLinx, and XM Radio.