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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Afa Adopts Tensilica’s Xtensa Configurable Processor

Afa Technologies, Inc. (Afa) of Taipei, Taiwan, has selected the Xtensa configurable processor for a new multi-standard mobile digital TV receiver system-on-chip (SOC) design project. Afa is a fabless IC design house specializing in designs for DTV (digital television), cellular phones and digital home LANs (local area networks).

“We picked Tensilica’s Xtensa processor because we were very impressed with the ability to customize it, using the TIE (Tensilica Instruction Extension) language, for our demanding mobile TV demodulator application,” stated Philip Sun, Afa’s executive vice president. “Tensilica’s unique technology allows us to implement in low-power processors what previously was only possible using hardwired logic. By optimizing the Xtensa processor, we can deliver a programmable solution for advanced mobile TV handsets, and still meet the low power constraints needed to deliver the long battery life consumers expect.”

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