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GUC, Tensilica disclose 'comprehensive' processor partnership

Posted: 24 Feb 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Global Unichip? GUC? Tensilica? Diamond Standard? processor?

Global Unichip Corp. (GUC) and Tensilica announced a comprehensive partnership in which GUC will create hardened versions of Tensilica's new Diamond Standard Series processors for TSMC foundry for technologies at 0.13?m and below.

The hardened versions of the Diamond Standard Series processors, including low-cost 32bit microcontroller and high-performance DSP cores for audio, video and network processing, will become part of the GUC intellectual property (IP) library and available in Q3 2006.

"As the Diamond Standard Series are released, GUC and Tensilica present an attractive family of low-power high-performance processors that should be appealing to a wide range of our customers, from small start-ups to well established corporate giants," said Jim Lai, president and COO of GUC. "We will be able to quickly and predictably create SoC products for our customers with the hardened Diamond cores."

By hardening the Diamond Standard Series processors, GUC enables today's systems and semiconductor companies to utilize TSMC's cost-effective foundry process with minimum integration cost and reduced risks, said the press release. A hardened core is a complete physical design of a processor core, already thoroughly tested and ready to be quickly dropped into an ASIC design. Designers do not have to develop the synthesis and place-and-route process required in a soft core.

Chris Rowen, president and CEO of Tensilica, commented, "GUC will be instrumental in the widespread distribution and market acceptance of our Diamond Standard Series processor family, particularly in China where hardened cores are an ideal delivery mechanism for meeting rapid design cycle goals."

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