AppliedMicro Picks Tensilica's Dataplane Processors for High-Throughput Communications Chip Design

SANTA CLARA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Sep 14, 2010 -- Tensilica,® Inc. today announced that AppliedMicro (NASDAQ: AMCC) has selected Tensilica's Xtensa® LX dataplane processors (DPUs) for an upcoming high-throughput communications chip design project.

"We selected Tensilica's DPUs because of their remarkable ability to be customized with high-bandwidth, efficient interfaces, such as FIFO-like queues, to quickly stream data into and out of the processor," stated Sean Campeau, AppliedMicro's senior manager of engineering. "These high-speed connections bypass the main system bus altogether, allowing us to implement functions in the processor that previously could only meet our performance targets by being implemented in RTL (register transfer level) logic. Implementing these functions in a processor speeds our design effort considerably and gives us a much more flexible solution."

"AppliedMicro's project is typical of high performance dataplane signal processing designs that can take advantage of our customizable dataplane processor (DPU) and specialized I/Os," stated Steve Roddy, Tensilica's vice president of marketing and business development. "In the dataplane, our customers often need data throughput and computational performance that can't be achieved using traditional processors. With our unique and patented process of automated customization of dataplane processors, application-specific I/Os can be rapidly added to a processor core to meet any desired I/O bandwidth requirement."

About AppliedMicro
Applied Micro Circuits Corp. is a global leader in energy conscious computing solutions for telco, enterprise, data center, consumer and SMB applications. With a 30-year heritage as an innovator in high-speed connectivity and high performance embedded processing, AMCC, now AppliedMicro, employs patented transport and embedded processor SoCs to provide high performance energy efficient products. AppliedMicro's corporate headquarters are located in Sunnyvale, California. Sales and engineering offices are located throughout the world. For further information regarding AppliedMicro, visit the company's Web site at http://www.apm.com.

About Tensilica
Tensilica, Inc. is the leader in customizable dataplane processor IP cores. Dataplane Processor Units (DPUs) combine the best capabilities of CPUs and DSPs while delivering 10 to 100x the performance because they can be customized using Tensilica's automated design tools to meet specific signal processing performance targets. Tensilica's DPUs power SOC designs at system OEMs and six out of the top 10 semiconductor companies for products including mobile phones, consumer electronics devices (including digital TV, Blu-ray Disc players, broadband set top boxes, digital still cameras and portable media players), computers, and storage, networking and communications equipment. For more information on Tensilica's patented, benchmark-proven DPUs visit www.tensilica.com.

Editors' Notes:

  • Tensilica and Xtensa are registered trademarks belonging to Tensilica, Inc. Applied Micro Circuits Corporation, AMCC, AppliedMicro and the AppliedMicro logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Applied Micro Circuits Corporation. All other company and product names mentioned are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
  • Over 150 companies have licensed Tensilica's DPUs, including: Afa Technologies, ALPS, AMD, Aquantia, AppliedMicro, Astute Networks, Atheros, Audience, Avision, Bay Microsystems, Blue Wonder, Broadcom, Brocade, Chelsio Communications, Cisco Systems, CMC Microsystems, Conexant Systems, Design Art Networks, EE Solutions, Epson, Exar, Fujitsu, the HiSilicon division of Huawei, Hudson Soft, Hughes Network Systems, iBiquity Digital, IDT, Ikanos Communications, Intel, Juniper Networks, LG Electronics, Lucid Information Technology, Marvell, NEC Laboratories America, NEC Corporation, Nethra Imaging, Nippon Telephone and Telegraph (NTT), Novatek, NuFront, NVIDIA, Olympus Optical Co. Ltd., Panasonic Mobile, Plato Networks, PnpNetwork Technologies, PowerLayer Microsystems, QLogic, Samsung, Sandforce, Server Engines, SiBEAM, Sirius XM Radio, Sony, STMicroelectronics, Stretch, Telegent Systems, TranSwitch Corporation, Triductor Technology, Valens Semiconductor, Validity Sensors, WiLinx, and Wolfson Microelectronics.

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