Top Robot Designers Battle at Embedded Systems Conference

3/31/2004 - The top professional SOZBOT (Sixteen OZ. RoBOT) designers and drivers will be battling at Moscone Center in San Francisco March 30 through April 1 in the first annual Tensilica® SOZBOT ProAm. Tensilica will feature a special arena for the regulation-sized SOZBOT battleground in its booth, number 2202, at the Electronica USA Embedded Systems Conference. Jimmy Crack Corn, the top-ranked SOZBOT, will be battling against a crowd of other exciting robots for daily and conference-overall prizes.

“SOZBOT designers configure their SOZBOTs in a variety of different ways, looking for that winning, competitive advantage,” stated Steve Leibson, Tensilica’s technology evangelist. “Similarly, chip designers configure our processors in a variety of different ways to give their designs a competitive advantage. We’re hosting this tournament to showcase the value of configurability. Our theme for this event is ‘The Best Configurations Win.’”

Some of the SOZBOTs that will be battling in the 2004 Tensilica SOZBOT ProAm include:

At least three battles will be featured in the Tensilica booth every hour on the half hour during show hours (11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday). All battles will follow official Robot Fighting League rules. For more information on SOZBOTS, see the official SOZBOT web site at

About Tensilica
Tensilica was founded in July 1997 to address the growing need for optimized, application-specific microprocessors for high-volume embedded applications. With the Xtensa configurable and extensible microprocessor core, 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. These customized processors rival hand-coded RTL in performance and add a needed level of programmability. For more information, visit

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