Tensilica Wins Second License Agreement from NEC NEC Solutions joins NEC Networks in use of Xtensa Configurable Cores
Yokohama, Japan/Santa Clara, Calif. – April 9, 2001 ... Tensilica® Inc., the Santa Clara, California (USA) provider of configurable processor technology, today announced that NEC Solutions, one of three of NEC's In-house Companies, had become the company's latest licensee of its Xtensa™ technology. The new pact is the company's second agreement with NEC Corporation, one of the world's technology leaders.
According to NEC, Xtensa cores will be employed in new local area network (LAN) systems. Mr. Teruo Nakamura, General manager of the LAN Division of NEC Solutions, said, "We have evaluated a number of emerging processor technologies, and we decided upon Tensilica's configurable Xtensa architecture for future LAN system applications due to its proven capabilities. Specifically, this technology will allow us to craft multiple processors for LAN system-on-chip use that are absolutely tailored to the application. Even better, we believe that Xtensa-based SOCs will accelerate our time to market substantially."
Bernie Rosenthal, Tensilica's vice president of marketing and business development said, "We're delighted to welcome the LAN Division of NEC Solutions to our growing family of licensees. We are confident that the combination of NEC/LAN's engineering know-how coupled with our technology will result in very successful LAN system implementations."
About NEC Corporation
NEC Corporation (NASDAQ: NIPNY) (FTSE: 6701q.l) (TSE: 6701) is a leading provider of Internet solutions, dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of its customers in the key computer, network and electron device fields through its three market-focused in-house companies: NEC Solutions, NEC Networks and NEC Electron Devices. NEC Corporation, with its in-house companies, employs more than 150,000 people worldwide and saw net sales of 4,991 billion Yen (approx. US$48 billion) in fiscal year 1999-2000. For further information, please visit the NEC home page at: http://www.nec.com
Tensilica was founded in July 1997 to address the fast-growing market for configurable processors and software development tools for high volume, embedded systems. Using the company's proprietary Xtensa Processor Generator, system-on-chip (SOC) designers can develop a processor subsystem hardware design and a complete software development tool environment tailored to their specific requirements in hours.
Tensilica's solutions provide a proven, easy-to-use, methodology that enables designers to achieve optimum application performance in minimum design time. The Company has over 130 engineers engaged in research, development, and customer support from its offices in Santa Clara, California; Burlington, Massachusetts; Princeton, NJ; Houston, Texas; Oxford, U.K.; Stockholm, Sweden; Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.; and Yokohama, Japan.
Tensilica is headquartered in Santa Clara, California (95054) at 3255-6 Scott Boulevard, and can be reached at (408) 986-8000 or via www.tensilica.com on the World Wide Web.
• "Tensilica" is a registered trademark and "Xtensa" is a trademark belonging to Tensilica Inc. NEC is a registered trademark of NEC Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other registered trademarks or trademarks are property of their respective owners.
• Tensilica's announced licensees are, in alphabetical order, Berkeley Wireless Research Center, Cisco Systems, Fujitsu Limited, Galileo Technology, National Semiconductor, NEC Networks, NEC Solutions, NTT, ONEX Communications, TranSwitch Corporation and ZiLOG.