ATI and Epson License Tensilica's Xtensa Configurable Processor

12/6/2004 - Tensilica®, Inc. announced that ATI Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: ATYT) and Seiko Epson Corporation (“Epson”) have licensed the Xtensa® configurable processor. The license will allow ATI to add specialized, customized functions that complement ATI’s renowned graphics technology. Epson’s engineers are using Xtensa processors in next-generation imaging products.

“In our evaluation, we were very impressed with the suitability of Tensilica’s Xtensa processor for numerous functions in our complex SOC designs,” stated Adrian Hartog, CTO, ATI. “By adding functions in Xtensa processors, rather than hand coding them in RTL, we can make these functions programmable, giving us plenty of flexibility for changing standards and feature sets.”

According to Katsuhiko Nishizawa, General Manager of IJP Design Department of Imaging & Information Product Division of Seiko Epson Corporation, “We evaluated a number of emerging processor technologies and we selected Tensilica’s configurable Xtensa architecture. We plan to use multiple Xtensa processors that we can specifically tailor for our exact applications.”

“We’re delighted that these two outstanding companies have chosen our Xtensa processor,” stated Chris Rowen, President and CEO of Tensilica. “ATI was attracted to our low-power Xtensa configurable processor because it can be tailored for their exact design requirements and used for a wide range of applications. By adopting a new SOC design methodology based on multiple Xtensa processors, Epson can achieve the design productivity, time to market, design reuse, and performance goals they need in order to maintain their technology leadership.”

About ATI Technologies
ATI Technologies Inc. is a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative 3D graphics and digital media silicon solutions. An industry pioneer since 1985, ATI is the world’s foremost visual processor unit (VPU) provider and is dedicated to deliver leading-edge performance solutions for the full range of PC and Mac desktop and notebook platforms, workstation, set-top and digital television, game console and handheld markets. With 2003 revenues in excess of US $1.3 billion, ATI has more than 2,700 employees in the Americas, Europe and Asia. ATI common shares trade on NASDAQ (ATYT) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (ATY).

About Seiko Epson
Epson increases its corporate value through its innovative and creative culture. Dedicated to providing its customers with digital image innovation, its main product lines comprise information-related equipment, electronic devices, and precision products. The Epson Group is a network of 84,899 employees in 110 companies around the world. Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corp., which is listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, the Group had consolidated sales of 1,413 billion yen in the fiscal year ended March 2004. More information can be found 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

Tensilica, and Xtensa are registered trademarks belonging to Tensilica Inc. ATI and ATI product and product feature names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of ATI Technologies, Inc.

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