CoWare and VeriSilicon Announce Partnership to Strengthen ESL Design Solution for ZSP Processors

SAN JOSE, Calif. & SANTA CLARA, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—December 18, 2006— CoWare(R), Inc., the leading supplier of platform-driven electronic system-level (ESL) design software and services, and VeriSilicon Holdings Co., Ltd. (VeriSilicon), a leading world-class ASIC design foundry and semiconductor IP provider, announced they have formed a partnership to provide a stronger ESL design solution for the ZSP processor families, including the ZSP400 and ZSP500. VeriSilicon chose to work with CoWare after it recently acquired the ZSP division of LSI Logic and consequently became a provider of digital signal processors. CoWare had been working successfully with that division before the acquisition. After the acquisition, VeriSilicon and CoWare continued development work together and have successfully produced Processor Support Packages (PSPs) that enable customers doing ZSP-based designs to do architecture exploration, hardware verification, and software development in the CoWare ESL environment. The ZSP PSPs are fully instrumented to provide the benefits of CoWare solution's extensive analysis capabilities. As a consequence, designers of ZSP-based designs now have the right tools to tune their designs quickly.

"The CoWare ESL tools provide the ideal environment for designing ZSP-based platforms," said Wayne Dai, chairman and CEO, VeriSilicon. "We are also excited by the CoWare Virtual Platform solution. It will enable VeriSilicon and CoWare to provide a software development environment for current and future ZSP processors which will help our customers speed up their time to market."

"The ZSP processor models are an important part of our popular CoWare Model Library," said Alan Naumann, president and CEO, CoWare. "They are valued by many of our customers. We are very pleased that VeriSilicon chose us as their ESL design partner so that we can offer a strong ESL solution to our joint customers."

Availability

ZSP PSPs are available immediately from CoWare as a part of the CoWare Model Library. For more information on the ZSP PSPs, the CoWare Model Library, and CoWare's other products, visit www.coware.com. For more information on VeriSilicon's ZSP family of processors, including the ZSP400 and the ZSP500, visit www.verisilicon.com.

About VeriSilicon

VeriSilicon Holdings Co., Ltd. is a leading world-class ASIC design foundry providing libraries, semiconductor IPs, design and turnkey manufacturing services with multi-fab capability supporting process technologies down to 90nm. VeriSilicon has achieved first silicon success and entered volume production of many complex, multi-million gates SoCs using the leading wafer foundries in APAC and China. VeriSilicon has operations in US, China, Taiwan, Japan, France, and Korea. Over 500 customers worldwide have licensed VeriSilicon IPs and Standard Design Platforms. In 2005, VeriSilicon was ranked number three in Deloitte Technology Fast 50 China, the top 50 fastest-growing technology companies in China and number six in Deloitte Fast 500 Asia Pacific, the top 500 fastest-growing technology companies in Asia Pacific. VeriSilicon was also named one of the Red Herring 100 Private Companies of Asia, and selected as one of the EE Times 60 Emerging Startups. More information is available at www.verisilicon.com.

About CoWare

CoWare is the leading supplier of platform-driven electronic system-level (ESL) design software and services. CoWare offers a comprehensive set of ESL tools that enable electronics companies to "differentiate by design" through the creation of system IP, including embedded processors, on-chip buses, and DSP algorithms; the architecture of optimized SoC platforms; hardware/software co-design; and virtual platforms for device software development. The company's solutions are based on open industry standards including SystemC. CoWare's customers are major systems, semiconductor, and IP companies in the market where consumer electronics, computing, and communications converge. CoWare's corporate investors include ARM ((LSE: ARM); (NASDAQ: ARMHY)), Cadence Design Systems (NASDAQ: CDNS), STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), and Sony Corporation (NYSE: SNE). CoWare is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., and has offices around the world. For more information about CoWare and its products and services visit http://www.coware.com.

CoWare is a registered trademark of CoWare, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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