HARDI Electronics Provides ASIC Prototyping for Tensilica's Diamond Standard Processors

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Sept. 21, 2006— Tensilica(R), Inc. and HARDI Electronics today announced that ASIC designs using Tensilica's popular Diamond Standard processor cores can now be prototyped and verified on the HARDI ASIC Prototyping System (HAPS). HARDI Electronics is now part of Tensilica's Diamond Standard partners program.

"Our Diamond Standard processors have been prototyped and verified with great success on HAPS products by several of our customers and partners," stated Larry Przywara, Tensilica's director of strategic alliances. "Our customers appreciate the flexibility and cost-effectiveness that the highly modular HAPS products provide. HARDI is a solid platform for verifying multi-million gate ASIC designs."

"HAPS is the ideal platform for customers of Tensilica's popular Diamond Standard processors to use to prototype and verify their ASIC designs, as well as get a head start in generating embedded software," stated Lars-Eric Lundgren, president of HARDI Electronics. "The HAPS system can scale from small projects to providing industry leading capacity for large ASIC designs, so it is suitable for any Diamond processor-based SOC prototype."

About Tensilica's Diamond Standard Processors

Tensilica's Diamond Standard processors are a set of six off-the-shelf synthesizable cores that range from area-efficient, low-power controllers to an audio processor and a high-performance DSP, all of which lead the industry in their respective categories both in lowest power and highest performance. The Diamond Standard processors are supported by an optimized set of Diamond Standard software tools and a wide range of industry infrastructure partners. They are available directly from Tensilica and through a growing list of ASIC and foundry partners.

About the HAPS Prototyping System

HAPS is the first modular FPGA board system providing high speed, high capacity, real-time debugging and full ASIC functionality for ASIC prototyping designers. The system is composed of single- or multi-FPGA motherboards and standard or user developed daughter boards. To accommodate very large designs, designers can connect a number of motherboards in many different ways. HAPS gives designers virtually the same functionality as the ASIC.

About HARDI Electronics

Founded in 1987, HARDI Electronics is a pioneer in the field of structured HDL-design. The company's knowledge and experience ranges from SoC design using full custom ASICs to a wide variety of designs with programmable logic. HARDI introduced its first ASIC prototyping product in 2000 and today has many successful installations in North America, Europe and Asia. The privately held company is headquartered in Sweden and was incorporated in the USA in 2005. For additional information about HARDI, please visit http://www.hardi.com.

About Tensilica

Tensilica offers the broadest line of controller, CPU and specialty DSP processors on the market today, in both an off-the-shelf format via the Diamond Standard Series cores and with full designer configurability with the Xtensa processor family. Tensilica's low-power, benchmark proven processors have been designed into high-volume products at industry leaders in the digital consumer, networking and telecommunications markets. All Tensilica processor cores are complete with a matching 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.

Editors' Notes:

-- Tensilica and Xtensa are registered trademarks belonging to Tensilica Inc. All other company and product names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

-- Tensilica's announced licensees include ALPS, AMCC (JNI Corporation), Aquantia, Astute Networks, Atheros, ATI, Avago Technologies, Avision, Bay Microsystems, Berkeley Wireless Research Center, Broadcom, Cisco Systems, Conexant Systems, Cypress, Crimson Microsystems, ETRI, FUJIFILM Microdevices, Fujitsu Ltd., Hudson Soft, Hughes Network Systems, iBiquity Digital, Ikanos Communications, LG Electronics, Lucid Information Technology, Marvell, MediaWorks, NEC Laboratories America, NEC Corporation, NetEffect, Neterion, Nippon Telephone and Telegraph (NTT), NVIDIA, Olympus Optical Co. Ltd., PnpNetwork Technologies, sci-worx, Seiko Epson, Solid State Systems, Sony, STMicroelectronics, Stretch, TranSwitch Corporation, u-Nav Microelectronics,Victor Company of Japan (JVC) and WiQuest Communications.



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