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SiliconXpress Provides One-Stop Design, Fab, Test, and Packaging Services as Newest Tensilica Design Center

SANTA CLARA, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/26/09 -- Tensilica,® Inc. today announced that SiliconXpress has become its newest authorized design center (www.tensilica.com/partners/soc/index.htm). SiliconXpress is a fabless chip provider, headquartered in Lubbock, Texas, offering one-stop design, fabrication, test, and packaging services. Tensilica is a major semiconductor IP (intellectual property) supplier specializing in dataplane processor cores which are a combination of CPU (central processing unit) and DSP (digital signal processor) that can be rapidly customized to provide 10-100x the performance of standard CPUs and DSPs.

"SiliconXpress offers deep understanding of the entire chip design process, so companies can use them as a valuable resource for parts, or all, of their chip designs," stated Chris Jones, Tensilica's director of strategic alliances. "They have extensive experience integrating IP into chip designs and can do so on a very cost-effective basis."

"We're pleased to work with Tensilica, as they offer the unique capability to optimize a processor for a particular task," stated Dr. Aftab Farooqi, president and chief executive officer of SiliconXpress. "And we welcome them to our new IP portal, available at http://www.siliconxpress.com/IP-Pavilion.aspx."

About SiliconXpress

SiliconXpress is a fabless semiconductor company providing turnkey, design, fabrication, packaging and testing services for digital and mixed-signal devices. Among the services offered include RTL development, FPGA to ASIC conversions, RTL to GDSII, RTL to packaged and tested devices, RTL to production silicon and wafers to production silicon. Recognized for delivering highly cost competitive services using an experienced team that is entirely U.S. based, SiliconXpress' headquarters and design center are located in Lubbock, Texas. For more information, visit www.siliconxpress.com.

About Tensilica

Tensilica, Inc. -- the leader in customizable dataplane processors -- is a semiconductor IP licensor recognized by the Gartner Group as the fastest growing semiconductor IP supplier in 2008. Dataplane Processor Units (DPUs) combine the best capabilities of CPUs and DSPs while delivering 10-to-100-times the performance because they can be customized using Tensilica's automated design tools to meet specific dataplane performance targets. Tensilica's DPUs power SOC designs at system OEMs and five out of the top 10 semiconductor companies for products including mobile phones, consumer electronics devices (including digital TV, Blu-ray Disc players, broadband set top boxes and portable media players), computers, and storage, networking and communications equipment. For more information on Tensilica's patented, benchmark-proven DPUs visit www.tensilica.com.

Editors' Notes:

--  Tensilica and Xtensa are registered trademarks belonging to Tensilica
    Inc. All other company and product names mentioned are trademarks and/or
    registered trademarks of their respective owners.
--  Tensilica's announced licensees include: ADDMM, Afa Technologies,
    ALPS, Aquantia, Astute Networks, Atheros, AMD (ATI), Avision, Bay
    Microsystems, Brocade, Broadcom, Cisco Systems, CMC Microsystems, Conexant
    Systems, Design Art Networks, DS2, EE Solutions, Epson, ETRI, FUJIFILM
    Microdevices, Fujitsu Ltd., Fujitsu Microelectronics Ltd., Hudson Soft,
    iBiquity Digital, Ikanos Communications, IDT, Intel, Juniper Networks, LG
    Electronics, Lucid Information Technology, Marvell, NEC Laboratories
    America, NEC Corporation, Neterion, Nethra Imaging, Nippon Telephone and
    Telegraph (NTT), NuFront, NVIDIA, Olympus Optical Co. Ltd., Panasonic
    Mobile, Penstar, Plato Networks, PnpNetwork Technologies, PowerLayer
    Microsystems, Samsung, SiBEAM, Sony, STMicroelectronics, Stretch,
    TranSwitch Corporation, Triductor Technology, UpZide, Valens Semiconductor,
    Validity Sensors, Victor Company of Japan (JVC), WiLinx, and XM Radio.

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