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Tensilica Adds RealAudio Decoder Support for HiFi 2 Audio DSPs

Provides Low-Power, Efficient Playback of RealAudio Streams

CES 2009, LAS VEGAS, NV– January 6, 2008 – Tensilica, Inc. today announced that it has it has ported the RealAudio 8, 9, and 10 decoders from digital entertainment services company RealNetworks, Inc. (RNWK) to the HiFi 2 Audio DSP, the industry’s leading licensable audio DSP. RealAudio utilizes advanced audio compression techniques to allow users to achieve high quality sound in a wide bandwidth range, and is the preferred media format for many users of cellular phones, portable media players, and mobile Internet devices.

With over 50 popular voice and audio decoders and encoders already ported to it, Tensilica’s HiFi 2 Audio Engine is the most popular processor core optimized specifically for audio, with design wins at 5 of the top 10 semiconductor companies. It has been designed into millions of cellular phones as well as consumer audio equipment.

"RealAudio content is widely available on the Internet and through music services such as Rhapsody. We added the RealAudio decoders to our software library to meet the demands of our customers serving the mobile and home entertainment markets," stated Larry Przywara, Tensilica’s director of mobile multimedia.

Availability

The RealAudio decoder is available now.

About Tensilica

Tensilica, Inc., is the recognized leader in customizable dataplane processors.   Dataplane Processor Units (DPUs) consist of performance intensive DSP (audio, video, imaging, and baseband signal processing) and embedded RISC processing functions (security, networking, and deeply embedded control).  The automated design tools behind all of Tensilica's application specific processor cores enable rapid customization to meet specific data-plane performance targets.  Tensilica's DSPs and processors power top tier semiconductor companies, innovative start-ups, and system OEMs for high-volume products including mobile phones, consumer electronics devices (including portable media players, digital TV, and broadband set top boxes), 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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  • Tensilica's announced licensees include: ADDMM, Afa Technologies, ALPS, Aquantia, ASTRI, Astute Networks, Atheros, AMD (ATI), Avision, Bay Microsystems, Berkeley Wireless Research Center, Brocade, Broadcom, Cisco Systems, CMC Microsystems, Conexant Systems, Design Art Networks, DS2, EE Solutions, Epson, ETRI, FUJIFILM Microdevices, Fujitsu Ltd., Hudson Soft, iBiquity Digital, Ikanos Communications, Intel, Juniper Networks, LG Electronics, Lucid Information Technology, Marvell, NEC Laboratories America, NEC Corporation, NetEffect, Neterion, Nethra Imaging, Nippon Telephone and Telegraph (NTT), NuFront, NVIDIA, Olympus Optical Co. Ltd., Panasonic Mobile, Penstar, Plato Networks, PnpNetwork Technologies, PowerLayer Microsystems, SiBEAM, Silicon Optix, Sony, STMicroelectronics, Stretch, TranSwitch Corporation, Triductor Technology, u-Nav Microelectronics, UpZide, Valens Semiconductor, Validity Sensors, Victor Company of Japan (JVC), WiLinx, WiQuest Communications, and XM Radio