Hsinchu, TAIWAN, and Santa Clara, CA – February 21, 2006 – Global Unichip Corp. (GUC) and Tensilica today announced a comprehensive partnership in which GUC will create hardened versions of Tensilica’s new Diamond Standard Series processors for TSMC foundry at technologies below 0.13um process. The hardened versions of the Diamond Standard Series processors, including low-cost 32-bit microcontroller and high-performance DSP cores for audio, video, and network processing, will become part of the GUC intellectual property (IP) library and available in the third quarter of 2006. With a global customer base, GUC has delivered leading edge SoC (system-on-chip) designs to customers throughout Greater China, Japan, Korea, North America and Europe.
“As the Diamond Standard Series are released, GUC and Tensilica present an attractive family of low-power high-performance processors that should be appealing to a wide range of our customers, from small start-ups to well established corporate giants,” stated Jim Lai, president and COO of Global Unichip Corp. “We will be able to quickly and predictably create SoC products for our customers with the hardened Diamond cores. We look forward to a close partnership with Tensilica.”
By hardening the Diamond Standard Series processors, GUC enables today’s systems and semiconductor companies to utilize TSMC’s cost-effective foundry process with minimum integration cost and reduced risks. A hardened core is a complete physical design of a processor core, already thoroughly tested and ready to be quickly dropped into an ASIC design. Designers do not have to develop the synthesis and place-and-route process required in a soft core.
“GUC will be instrumental in the widespread distribution and market acceptance of our Diamond Standard Series processor family, particularly in China where hardened cores are an ideal delivery mechanism for meeting rapid design cycle goals,” stated Chris Rowen, president and CEO of Tensilica. “We are extremely pleased to partner with GUC to provide our customers with world class design services coupled with TSMC’s best in class foundry services. This combination will be very compelling for our Diamond core customers.”
About Global Unichip Corp.
Global Unichip Corp. (GUC), a dedicated one-stop, full service SoC (System On Chip) Design Foundry, was founded in 1998 at Hsinchu Science Park, Taiwan. GUC provides total solutions from silicon-proven IPs to complex time-to-market SoC design, production, and testing services. With state of the art EDA tools, advanced methodologies, and an experienced technical team, GUC ensures the highest quality and lowest risks to achieve first silicon success. Besides, GUC delivers a one-stop turnkey solution via its partnerships with TSMC and world-class assembly and testing houses. Nowadays, GUC has established a global customer base throughout Greater China, Japan, Korea, North America, and Europe. Its track-record in complex SoC designs has brought benefits to customers in time to revenue at the lowest risk. In 2003, TSMC, the semiconductor foundry leader, became the primary shareholder. With the close partnership with TSMC, GUC is further committed to presenting the most advanced and the best price-performance solutions. For more information, please visit http://www.globalunichip.com.
Tensilica was founded in July 1997 to address the growing need for optimized, application-specific microprocessor and DSP solutions in high-volume embedded applications. Using a patented configurable and extensible processor generation technology, Tensilica is the only company that offers a wide range of controller, CPU and specialty DSP processors in both off-the-shelf format via the Diamond Standard series cores, and with full designer-configurability with the Xtensa processor family. Every Tensilica processor core comes complete with a companion 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.