| *****For immediate use October 1, 2001
NEC Licenses V850E Microprocessor Core to Synopsys
- Agreement Provides 25,000 Synopsys-Registered Designers Access to CPU Core
for SoC Development -
TOKYO and SANTA CLARA, Calif., October 1, 2001 - NEC Corporation (NEC)
(NASDAQ: NIPNY) (FTSE: 6701q.l) (TSE: 6701) and NEC Electronics Inc., its wholly-owned
subsidiary in the U.S., today announced NEC has licensed its V850ETM
32-bit RISC microprocessor core to Synopsys Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS), a leading provider
of electronic design automation (EDA) tools. The V850E CPU core will be incorporated
into Synopsys' popular DesignWare IP
library, allowing over 25,000 registered DesignWare LSI engineers to evaluate
and design new system-on-a-chip (SoC) products powered by the V850E CPU core.
"NEC aims to increase the adoption of the V850E core by making it accessible
to the large number of LSI designers currently using the DesignWare IP library,"
said Shinichi Iwamoto, senior manager of the Microcomputer Division at NEC Corporation.
"Providing a reusable microprocessor core through Synopsys' program will
enable designers to easily develop a range of SoC solutions for various target
applications and quickly bring these products to market."
The V850E core will have an AMBA AHB interface for compatibility with DesignWare's
on-chip bus solution and other AMBA-based DesignWare IP. The CPU core will provide
designers with plug-and-play reusability for new SoC designs and will conform
to the strict design reuse coding guidelines and methodology defined by the Reuse
Methodology Manual (RMM) co-authored by Synopsys. Additionally, DesignWare's bundled
V850E simulation and timing models will be available to DesignWare customers at
no additional charge. Synopsys is planning to release the V850E IP core for DesignWare
in the fourth quarter of year 2002.
About NEC's V850E Macro Cores
NEC's cores based on the V850 architecture provide configurable CPU macros for
use in a wide variety of system-on-a-chip solutions. These highly flexible cores
enable designers to choose from a variety of memory and cache implementations,
standard peripherals, memory interfaces, interrupt controllers and on-chip debugging
The V850E microprocessor is widely used in a range of applications including mobile
communications, magnetic disk drives and automotive electronics.
About the Synopsys DesignWare IP Library
DesignWare is the world's leading IP library, in use by over 25,000 designers.
It provides designers with implementation IP consisting of more than 140 technology-independent
components that range in complexity from arithmetic components, memory and JTAG
to complex IP cores such as USB2.0, PCI-X, PCI and 8051. DesignWare also includes
verification IP consisting of bus-functional models (e.g., microprocessors), bus
interface models (e.g., PCI-X, USB 2.0 and Ethernet) and more than 18,500 other
verification models such as SSI, memories, peripherals, FPGAs, microprocessors
and microcontrollers. In addition, DesignWare provides access to microprocessor
cores from leading Star IP vendors. DesignWare also includes MemPro, a memory
model generation tool.
About NEC Corporation
NEC Corp. (NASDAQ: NIPNY) (FTSE: 6701q.l) is a leading provider of Internet solutions,
dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of its customers in the key computer,
network and electron device fields through its three market-focused in-house companies:
NEC Solutions, NEC Networks and NEC Electron Devices. NEC Corporation, with its
in-house companies, employs more than 150,000 people worldwide and saw net sales
of 5,409 billion Yen (approx. US$43 billion) in fiscal year 2000-2001. For further
information, please visit the NEC home page at: http://www.nec.com
About NEC Electronics Inc.
NEC Electronics Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., is one of the leading
developers, manufacturers and suppliers of semiconductor products in the United
States. Committed to meeting customers' cost, performance and time-to-market requirements,
the company offers solutions ranging from standard products, including electron
components, to system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions, as well as customized products
for next-generation designs. NEC Electronics also offers customers the benefits
of a local manufacturing facility in Roseville, Calif., and the global manufacturing
capabilities of its parent company, NEC Corporation (NASDAQ: NIPNY). For more
information about products offered by NEC Electronics Inc., please visit the NEC
Electronics web site at http://www.necel.com.
Synopsys and DesignWare are registered trademark of Synopsys, Inc.
V850 is a registered trademark of NEC. All other trademarks or registered trademarks
mentioned in this release are the intellectual property of their respective owners.
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