Webcast Features Free Diamond Standard 106Micro Processor Core License

NEC Electronics America, Inc. announced that it will offer a free license for Tensilica’s Diamond Standard 106Micro processor core used in NEC Electronics gate arrays to attendees of a co-sponsored webcast seminar with Tensilica, Inc. This offer, valued from $25,000 to $75,000, is valid through March 31, 2008, upon receipt of a signed purchase order.

The small, low-power Diamond Standard 106Micro core is designed for simple 32-bit controller applications in system-on-chip (SoC) designs, and is available directly from NEC Electronics America. Participants in the seminar will also be able to download a free Tensilica software development tool kit for 15-day use.

The joint webcast seminar will be held on Thursday, December 6 at 11 a.m. (Pacific) and will focus on designing low-cost ASICs using synthesizable 200-megahertz (MHz) 32-bit controllers. Steven Kawamoto, custom SoC strategic marketing director at NEC Electronics America, and Steven Leibson, technology evangelist at Tensilica, will discuss how gate array technology compares with field-programmable gate array (FPGA) and custom ASIC solutions in terms of design requirements, as well as:

  • trade-offs between various implementation technologies from a power and performance perspective
  • critical factors you need to know if you’re considering moving from an 8- or 16-bit up to a 32-bit embedded controller core
  • why larger is not necessarily better when it comes to choosing embedded controller cores

Tensilica Diamond Standard processor cores are available directly from NEC Electronics America for its CMOS-12M, CMOS-10HD, CMOS-9HD and EA-9HD series gate arrays. By making the cores and gate arrays available under one development and licensing agreement, NEC Electronics America can streamline the design and licensing process and offer ASIC designers NRE costs that are substantially lower than those of cell-based designs.

Industry-Leading Gate Array Product Offering
As a leading gate array supplier for 25 years, and the number one supplier since 1993, NEC Electronics can manufacture engineering samples in as few as 9 calendar days from product tape-out, with mask charges starting as low as $10,000 and unit costs starting below $1 in volume quantities. (Pricing and availability are subject to change without notice.) On average, NEC Electronics tapes out more than 200 gate array designs a year worldwide.

About NEC Electronics America, Inc.
NEC Electronics America, Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara, California, is a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), a leading provider of semiconductor products encompassing advanced technology solutions for the broadband and communications markets; system solutions for the mobile, PC, automotive and digital consumer markets; and multi-market solutions for a wide range of customer applications. NEC Electronics America offers local manufacturing in Roseville, California, and the global manufacturing capabilities of its parent company. In the Americas, NEC Electronics America markets and sells industrial-type, active-matrix LCD modules from NEC LCD Technologies, Ltd., a global leader in innovative display technologies.

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