32-bit RISC Core Attractive for Multi-media Designs
San Jose, California; Bristol, UK; and Tokyo, Japan, - 23 September 2002 - SuperH, Inc., a world leader in RISC microprocessor IP licensing, today announced that Tvia, Inc. (NASDAQ: TVIA), a leading provider of multi-media display processors for the advanced TV and emerging display markets, has signed an agreement to license the SH-4 microprocessor IP core from SuperH. Tvia has the license to use the SH-4 core in system-on-chip (SoC) designs for integrating into a single device, the CyberPro multi-media display processors with the SH-4 RISC processing core.
''The agreement gives us greater flexibility in our product development path. By having the ability to combine the SH-4 core with our CyberPro display processors we can create a variety of SoC options, and further our position as the company with desirable products and technologies for the emerging interactive viewing market,'' said Arvind Kumar, Tvia's director of product marketing. ''SuperH, Inc. is delivering IP cores with capabilities for addressing the processing needs of this market. Together with our IP, we can deliver solutions that are optimal for several applications.''
''Our license agreement with Tvia for the SH-4 is an excellent example of how SuperH™ microprocessors can provide added value in an SoC multimedia design,'' said Rick Chapman, vice president of marketing and sales for SuperH, Inc. ''We expect that the ultimate beneficiary of this collaboration will be the end user who may enjoy the products that can be designed and developed from the combination of each company's IP''.
The SH-4, 32-bit RISC core is targeted at embedded processing applications such as digital consumer, automotive and telecommunications. It can run a wide variety of
application software on industry standard operating systems and middleware, making it easy to incorporate into designs.
Tvia, Inc. enhances a viewer's experience through simultaneous presentation of multiple independent media streams on one or more displays. Tvia's multi-media display processors accept video, graphics and audio signals from terrestrial broadcast, narrow band telephone lines, cable, satellite and Ethernet to deliver high quality, interactive picture and audio. Tvia's semiconductor and software products are targeted for advanced TV and emerging display markets. Tvia products can enable and enhance services such as video on demand (VOD), electronic program guides (EPGs), security systems, video conferencing and various applications for picture in picture or multiple image display. More information about Tvia is available at www.tvia.com.
About SuperH, Inc.
SuperH, Inc., was established as an independent company in 2001 following an agreement between Hitachi and STMicroelectronics to create an independently managed entity to develop processor cores for the open market.
The current release of the SH5-100 series core expands the portfolio of licensable IP offered by SuperH, Inc., which also includes the high-performance, low-cost power efficient SH-4 core, targeted at the next generation digital consumer, automotive and telecommunications applications. In the future, SuperH, Inc. will develop all subsequent SuperH cores to the open market, including the development of the SH-6 and SH-7 cores.
The SuperH family of high-performance 32-bit and 64-bit RISC-based processor cores is ideally suited for applications that require a highly integrated system-on-chip solution that includes a powerful embedded processing engine and can run a wide variety of application software on industry-standard operating systems and middleware. SuperH processors are used in many fields including digital consumer products such as set-top boxes, and digital cameras and games platforms; factory automation systems and car information systems. Further information about SuperH products can be found on www.superh.com.