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Friday, April 22, 2005

sci-worx to use Xtensa for Video Cores

sci-worx will be designing several system-on-chip (SOC) intellectual property (IP) blocks, including H.264, WMV-9 and MPEG-2 for High-Definition TV, with multiple Tensilica Xtensa LX configurable processors.
Current generation IP solutions from sci-worx were designed with Register Transfer Level (RTL) logic methodologies. By adding a configurable processor-based design approach to its portfolio, sci-worx will speed design time and enjoy more flexibility to offer easier upgradability through software.

In addition to designing with Tensilica’s Xtensa configurable processors, sci-worx will become Tensilica’s first value added reseller (VAR), distributing Tensilica processors as part of larger sci-worx IP subsystems. sci-worx customers will be able to sign one license agreement with sci-worx that includes the necessary provisions for licensing the Xtensa processors inside sci-worx designed IP blocks.

“The market requirement for multi-standard video codecs for SD and HD resolutions requires more flexible solutions to address the high volume consumer market,” stated Young-Hun Kluge, vice president of sales and marketing, sci-worx, “We’ll be able to get new IP out substantially faster and provide greater flexibility to our customers by using Xtensa processors instead of traditional RTL design methods.”

“sci-worx is an excellent example of a company that understands the benefits of using processors instead of hard coding algorithms into logic gates,” stated Steve Roddy, Tensilica’s vice president of marketing. “We look forward to working as a partner with sci-worx as they complete their new IP designs.”

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Wednesday, April 06, 2005

VDSL-2 Data-Path Design Partnership with UpZide

UpZide is developing a reference design utilizing multiple Xtensa LX processors to implement the VDSL2 (second generation Very high-speed Digital Subscriber Line) standard. Because the standard is evolving, it’s essential that the VDSL2 data-path component be designed with the flexibility required to adapt to all possible changes. By designing with highly configurable Xtensa processors rather than RTL, and by extending the instruction set to handle the data-intensive demands of the VDSL2 standard, UpZide will be able to make available for license a fast, efficient, and programmable solution for this rapidly growing market.

The VDSL2 standard provides broadband connections at speeds of up to 100 Mbps symmetrical, which is fast enough to deliver the “triple play” applications of voice, data and video to a wide audience. This technology is seen as key to delivering VoIP (voice over Internet protocol), VoD (video on demand) and HDTV (high-definition television) simultaneously over standard telephone lines. For more information, see