Virtual Silicon Joins Open Core Protocol International Partnership

PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 3, 2002--Open Core Protocol International Partnership (OCP-IP) today announced that Virtual Silicon Technology Inc., a leader in semiconductor intellectual property (SIP) is joining the organization. Virtual Silicon will use the OCP technology to speed design cycles on its standard cell libraries, I/Os, specialty I/Os and interfaces, memory compilers, and PLL compilers.

"As an established supplier of IP for ASIC and COT design flows, Virtual Silicon recognizes the need for open standards that help develop IP blocks," said John Ford vice president of marketing for Virtual Silicon. "The use of OCP will allow us to increase design reuse and shorten time to market for our customers."

"We are delighted to see yet another prominent IP provider join the ranks of OCP-IP," said Ian Mackintosh, president OCP-IP. "The addition of Virtual Silicon further illustrates the industry need for and support of OCP as the only complete, fully supported socket to speed development of IP blocks."

About Virtual Silicon Technology

Virtual Silicon is a leading supplier of semiconductor intellectual property and process technology to manufacturers and designers of complex systems-on-chip (SoC). Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., the company provides process-specific embedded components that serve the wireless, networking, graphics, communication and computing markets. Customers include leading fabless semiconductor companies, integrated semiconductor manufacturers, foundries, and SoC developers who demand leading edge technology for their semiconductor innovations. For more information, call 408/548-2700 or visit Virtual Silicon online at www.virtual-silicon.com.

About OCP-IP

The OCP International Partnership Association, Inc. (OCP-IP) was formed in December 2001 to promote and support the open core protocol (OCP) as the complete socket standard that ensures rapid creation and integration of interoperable virtual components. In addition to Sonics, Inc., the inventor of the OCP technology, OCP-IP's founding members and initial Governing Steering Committee participants are: Nokia (NYSE: NOK), Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN), MIPS Technologies (NasdaqNM: MIPS), and United Microelectronics Corporation (NYSE: UMC). OCP-IP is a non-profit corporation focused on delivering the first fully supported, openly licensed core-centric protocol that comprehensively fulfills system-level integration requirements. The OCP facilitates IP core reusability and reduces design time and risk, along with manufacturing costs for SOC designs. For additional background and membership information, visit www.OCPIP.org.


Contact:
     OCP-IP
     Ian Mackintosh, 650/938-2500 ext. 106
     
Email Contact
      or
     VitalCom
     Scott Seiden, 650/637-8212 ext. 208
     
Email Contact
      or
     Virtual Silicon
     John Ford, 408/548-2737
     
Email Contact



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