Sequence Honors Tensilica for Power-Aware Design Methods

9/2/2003 - Sequence Design formally presented its first annual Powerhouse Design Award to Tensilica at a ceremony, recognizing the company's contributions to low-power IC design.

"Companies such as Tensilica recognize that as much as 80 percent of an IC's power budget can now be controlled at the RT level, and applying power-aware tools and techniques early speeds the design process and greatly reduces time to market," said Vic Kulkarni, president and CEO of Sequence Design. "In an era of sub-1 Volt design, Tensilica's efforts to reduce power consumption in the early stages of the design process are exemplary, and we are pleased to recognize their contributions through this award."

The award was presented to Tensilica's Himanshu Sanghavi, hardware engineering manager, who calls low-power dissipation an important design goal of his company. Tensilica allows designers to customize microprocessor cores, slashing typical development times.

"Many of our customers are building portable devices so power is naturally a critical dimension for us," Sanghavi said. "We are estimating power at the RT Level using Sequence's PowerTheater, giving us insights into power analysis much earlier and on a larger number of processor configurations than was previously possible."

Additional details on Tensilica's power-aware design methodology is available online:

Powerhouse Design Award
Sequence will annually honor the design team whose efficient approach to power management serves as a model for every engineer struggling with the same issues. To submit nominations for next year's award, contact Sequence at:

About Tensilica
Tensilica was founded in July 1997 to address the growing need for optimized, application-specific microprocessor solutions in high-volume embedded applications. With a configurable and extensible microprocessor core called Xtensa, Tensilica is the only company that has automated and patented the time-consuming process of generating a customized microprocessor core along with a complete software development tool environment, producing new configurations in a matter of hours. For more information, visit

About Sequence
Sequence Design, Inc. enables system-on-chip designers to bring higher-performance and lower-power integrated circuits quickly to fabrication. Sequence's power and signal integrity software give its more than 100 customers the competitive advantage they need to excel in aggressive technology markets, despite demanding complexity and time-to-market issues of nanometer design.

Sequence has worldwide development and field service operations. The company was recently named by Reed Electronics as one of the top 50 companies to watch in the electronics industry. Sequence is privately held. Sequence is a member of Cadence Design Systems' ConnectionsTM and Mentor Graphics' Open DoorTM partnership programs. Additional information is available at

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