Designers Head Online to Select Memory IP for Xtensa Configuration

5/25/2004 - SOC (system-on-chip) designers can now quickly evaluate and select the optimal embedded memory intellectual property (IP) for their Tensilica Xtensa processor configurations using a new web-based portal interface. Created by Virage Logic Corporation (Nasdaq:VIRL), a leading provider of best-in-class semiconductor IP platforms, the IP web portal is accessible from Tensilica’s Xtensa Processor Generator on the Tensilica web site.

With the IP web portal, Xtensa designers can generate memories and download area, speed and power data for all of their memory configurations, thus optimizing their processor designs according to their performance requirements. Using pull-down menu options, SOC designers can easily choose from a variety of memory types for various foundries and process technologies.

“The demand for high-performance memory IP continues to grow at a rapid rate as more and more programmable functionality is built into SOC designs,” stated Jim Ensell, vice president of marketing for Virage Logic. “With the Tensilica and Virage Logic web-based portal, designers can now quickly evaluate and select the best memory for their processor configuration.”

“The right memory choice is important in getting the performance needed from processor-based SOC design,” according to Bernie Rosenthal, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Tensilica. “Virage Logic’s memory portal makes it much faster and easier for the design teams to do the performance trade-off analysis necessary to select the optimal memories for their designs.”

The Virage Logic memory portal is available now to Xtensa users through Tensilica’s Configurable Process Generator located at SOC designers can configure memories as required for their design and manufacturing purposes, such as: foundry, process technology, type of memory, and preference for high-speed, high-density or ultra-low-power operation.

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 Virage Logic
Virage Logic Corporation (Nasdaq:VIRL) is a leading provider of best-in-class semiconductor IP platforms based on memory, logic, I/Os, and IP development tools that are silicon-proven and production ready. Virage Logic meets market demands for cost reduction, while improving performance and reliability for fabless and integrated device manufacturer (IDM) companies focused on the consumer, communications and networking, handheld and portable, and computer and graphics markets. Virage Logic is headquartered in Fremont, California and has sales and support offices worldwide. For more information, visit or call (877) 360-6690 toll free or (510) 360-8000.

Tensilica, Xtensa and Xtensions Network are registered trademarks belonging to Tensilica Inc.

Tensilica’s announced licensees include Agilent, AMCC (JNI Corporation), Astute Networks, Avision, Bay Microsystems, Berkeley Wireless Research Center, Broadcom, Cisco Systems, Conexant Systems, Cypress, Crimson Microsystems, ETRI, FUJIFILM Microdevices, Fujitsu Ltd., Hudson Soft, Hughes Network Systems, Ikanos Communications, LG Electronics, Marvell, MediaWorks, NEC Laboratories America, NEC Corporation, Nippon Telephone and Telegraph (NTT), Olympus Optical Co. Ltd., S2io, Solid State Systems, Sony, STMicroelectronics, TranSwitch Corporation, and Victor Company of Japan (JVC).

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