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Wolfson Licenses Tensilica HiFi Audio to Provide a High Quality, Power Efficient Sound Platform

Setting the benchmark for world-class audio

Edinburgh, UK, 28 April 2010 - Wolfson Microelectronics plc and Tensilica, Inc., today announced a licence agreement to create a low power, high definition (HD) sound platform.

Combining Wolfson’s world-leading mixed-signal technology and audio expertise with Tensilica’s innovative HiFi audio digital signal processor (DSP) cores, this licence agreement will bring HD sound to multimedia platforms, including mobile handsets, netbooks, smartbooks, digital TVs and other multimedia devices.

With HD video a well-established standard in today’s consumer electronics world, this partnership will set the benchmark for HD sound and address consumer demand for crystal clear audio.

Mike Hickey, CEO of Wolfson, said, “We are delighted to be working with Tensilica and integrating their unique and high-quality digital signal processing IP cores into our solutions to enhance the quality of the consumer audio experience.”

“Including Tensilica IP in Wolfson’s audio system will enable customers to maximise audio quality in multimedia products with a low power and cost efficient audio subsystem.”

Jack Guedj, CEO of Tensilica, said, “Wolfson is a leader in high-quality and low-power mixed-signal audio and we are pleased to be at the forefront of their expansion into the digital audio realm utilizing the HiFi EP Audio DSP. Tensilica will enable Wolfson to offer a best-in-class complete audio sub-system, and we look forward to further partnerships with our complementary technology offering.”

About Wolfson Microelectronics

Wolfson Microelectronics is a global leader in the supply of high performance, mixed-signal semiconductor solutions to the consumer electronics market. In the home, in the office and on the move, Wolfson’s innovative technology can be found at the heart of many of the world’s leading digital consumer goods, including premier hi-fi equipment, mobile phones, MP3 players, flat panel TVs, digital still cameras and portable navigation devices.

The company’s headquarters is located in Edinburgh, UK. Wolfson’s customers are located worldwide, and so is Wolfson, with design centres, sales offices, applications teams and engineering expertise across Europe, the US and Asia.

Wolfson Microelectronics plc is listed on the London stock exchange (LSE: WLF.L).

For more information about Wolfson Microelectronics, please visit: www.wolfsonmicro.com

About Tensilica

Tensilica, Inc. is the leader in customizable dataplane processors IP cores. 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 signal processing performance targets. Tensilica’s DPUs power SOC designs at system OEMs and six 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, digital still cameras 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.

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:  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., the HiSilicon division of Huawei, 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, Wolfson, and XM Radio.

Wolfson Press Contacts

Chris King
Tel: +44 (0) 208-408-8000
Email: chrisk@eml.com

Laura Moore
PR Manager, Wolfson Microelectronics plc
Tel: +44 (0) 131-272-7137
Email: laura.moore@wolfsonmicro.com