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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Free Diamond Core Software Development and Modeling Tools

Tensilica is offering free evaluation versions of the Diamond Standard Software Toolkit, the advanced software development and modeling environment for the Diamond Standard processor core family, which was announced on February 20, 2006. The Toolkit is available for immediate download from Tensilica’s web site at

Software and firmware engineers will want to explore the Diamond processor software development tools to learn how easy it is to port application code to the Diamond core processor family, and to experience the code performance and code size advantages of the Tensilica Xtensa instruction set architecture. Powerful visualization tools enable software developers to graphically view and compare profiling results.

Hardware design teams will want to take advantage of this free evaluation to experiment with the clock-cycle accurate, pipeline-modeling instruction set simulator and the associated performance modeling visualization views within the graphical user interface that show pipeline activity, cache utilization rates, and cycles spent on bus cycle activity.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Tensilica and CSIP of Ministry of Information Industry (MII) of PRC Establish First Joint IP Core Lab

February 23, 2006 - Tensilica, Inc. and CSIP of Ministry of Information Industry (MII) of PRC today announced the establishment of a joint IP core lab during a signing ceremony attended by Ding Wenwu, director of the Product Department of MII, Dr. Qui Shangin, head of CSIP, and Chris Rowen, president and CEO of Tensilica.

“It is our great honor to be the first company to set up an IP core lab with CSIP,” stated Chris Rowen, Tensilica president and CEO. “We will strive to provide world leading processor technology for Chinese clients through this lab so as to accelerate China’s SOC design and create more ICs with independent IP.”

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Tensilica Introduces Diamond Standard processors

Tensilica introduced the Diamond Standard family of processor cores, a set of six off-the-shelf synthesizable cores that range from area-efficient, low-power controllers to high-performance DSPs, 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.

This announcement provides Tensilica with the broadest range of off-the-shelf processors in the industry, with the six Diamond Standard cores plus an almost infinite number of processor configuration possibilities for those customers requiring optimized, application-specific processors with Tensilica’s award-winning Xtensa configurable processor family.

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