MegaChips completes design center agreement with Tensilica to enhance R&D and expand marketing collaboration

MegaChips completes design center agreement with Tensilica to enhance R&D and
                        expand marketing collaboration

Customers to get superior LSI products with advanced functionality and shorter
lead times

PR Newswire

SAN JOSE, Calif. and SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 4, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif. and SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/
--MegaChips and Tensilica®, Inc. completed a design center agreement that
will enhance research and development (R&D) and expand marketing
collaboration, enabling large-scale integration (LSI) product customers to get
advanced functionality with shorter lead times.

On April 1, 2013, MegaChips is going to integrate its business operation with
Kawasaki Microelectronics Inc., its consolidated subsidiary, for further
expanding LSI business, and this agreement with Tensilica is one of the
important measures to reinforce MegaChips R&D.

"Our partnership with Tensilica enables us to procure Tensilica's outstanding
IP cores with ease and accelerate advanced SoC development," said Gen Sasaki,
director, officer and general manager of Division No. 2 at MegaChips. "This
lets us deliver superior LSI products with shorter lead times to both domestic
and international customers who constantly seek advanced functions."

Using Tensilica's customizable processor technology, MegaChips will develop
original cores that are useful not only for voice and/or speech processing and
codecs but also voice recognition, image processing and gesture recognition.
The MegaChips products developed based on Tensilica's customizable dataplane
processors (DPUs) are used in the family of image processing and recognition
chips for the network security camera market, which is one of the
fastest-growing markets with around 20% annual growth rate.

"The electronics and semiconductor industries are facing both longer
development time and higher development cost with smaller process geometries,
hence the need to partner with LSI design and service companies and
programmable IP companies to speed up time to market and reduce development
risk," said Steve Roddy, vice president of marketing and business development
at Tensilica. "Our partnership with MegaChips will accelerate the development
of new technology and supply cutting-edge products that will fulfill future

About Tensilica
Tensilica, Inc. is the leader in dataplane processor IP core licensing with
over 200 licensees.Dataplane processors (DPUs) combine the best capabilities
of DSPs and CPUs while delivering 10 to 100x the performance because they can
be optimized using Tensilica's automated design tools to meet specific and
demanding signal processing performance targets. Tensilica's DPUs power SOC
designs at system OEMs and seven out of the top 10 semiconductor companies for
designs in mobile wireless, telecom and network infrastructure, computing and
storage, and home and auto entertainment. Tensilica offers standard cores and
hardware/software solutions that can be used as is or easily customized by
semiconductor companies and OEMs for added differentiation. For more
information on Tensilica's patented, benchmark-proven DPUs visit Tensilica is a registered trademark belonging to Tensilica,

About MegaChips
MegaChips Corporation (1st section of the TSE: 6875) was established in 1990
as an innovative fabless company dedicated to system LSIs with the goal of
integrating LSIs and systems knowledge. Their focus is on the development of
cutting-edge system LSIs and systems products incorporating original
algorithms and architecture in the areas of imaging, audio, and
communications, and using the advances they achieve to offer outstanding
products and solutions that meet the needs of their clients. For additional
information, please visit:

SOURCE MegaChips Corporation

Contact: Tensilica Press Contact, Paula Jones, +1-408-327-7343,; or MegaChips Press Contact, Sacha Arts, Slider &
Associates, +1-408-356-3099,
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