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Press Release

*****For immediate use March 29th, 1999

Texas Instruments Expands DSP-Based SLI TImeBuilderTM Portfolio With License of NEC's V850E Embedded Processor Architecture

DALLAS (Mar. 29, 1999) - In support of strengthening its digital signal processing-based (DSP) system level integration (SLI) capabilities, Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced today the addition of NEC Corporation's (NASDAQ:NIPNY) (NEC) V850E reduced instruction set (RISC) embedded processor core to its SLI TImeBuilderTM portfolio. (http://www.ti.com/sc/asic and http://www.ic.nec.co.jp/micro/index_e.html.)

TI has licensed NEC's 32-bit V850E RISC microcontroller architecture, which is used in a broad range of applications such as automotive, consumer and portable devices, telecommunications, and networking. Features include a five-stage pipeline, a Harvard architecture with dedicated instruction and data buses for optimal data throughput, and an efficient 16/32-bit instruction set format to optimize the use of memory resources without requiring the overhead to interpret "compressed" code. The core also includes an efficient interrupt controller for real-time applications and supports a 32 x 32 hardware multiplier.
TI's TImeBuilder portfolio is a complete library of processor cores, support peripherals, communications modules, analog blocks and methodologies for delivering leadership DSP-based SLI solutions. This innovative mix enables high-performance processing, reduced time to market and cost-efficiency.

"With the addition of NEC's embedded processor core to our library, TI is demonstrating its commitment to provide a complete portfolio of industry-leading DSP-based SLI solutions to its ASIC customers," said Gregg Lowe, Vice President and General Manager, TI ASIC. "Additionally, customers of NEC's V850E can now enjoy the benefits of using TI's unique SLI TImeBuilder library."

"We are very happy to see TI add the V850E core to their broad portfolio for ASIC solutions," said Munekazu Suzuki, General Manager of NEC's Microcomputer Division. "It is our goal for the V850E to be recognized as a de facto industry standard 32-bit microcontroller."

With a proven track record in DSP Solutions and SLI designs, coupled with deep submicron process technology, TI continues to focus on addressing all the system level integration needs of its customers. TI is uniquely positioned with leading digital and analog solutions, a suite of technologies, skills, and intellectual property (IP) focused on SLI. By fully leveraging these across a wide array of applications, TI is able to reduce the size, increase the speed, and lower the cost of chips with optimized proprietary cores used in both application- or customer-specific configurations. The results are new products and new markets, as chips are used in applications never before imagined.
By complementing TI's market-leading DSPs with industry-leading RISC processors such as NEC's V850E, TI can develop a customized integrated single-chip solution for each market. The NEC cores will be fabricated on TI's 0.18-micron L-effective (0.21-micron drawn) process technology today and transition to 0.15-micron L-effective (0.18-micron drawn) later this year.

With the rapidly growing demand for systems integration, TI is focused on delivering complete SLI solutions. TI has delivered proven SLI designs for more than 10 years and has 20 years experience in ASIC. Today, TI's TImeBuilder approach provides "fast and easy" SLI capabilities to a broad range of customers for multiple applications.

NEC Corporation (NASDAQ: NIPNY) (FTSE: 6701q.l) pioneered the concept of C&C, the integration of Computers and Communications, and is the only company in the world to be counted among top ranking corporations spanning the wide range of fields essential for this vision of multimedia: computers, communications and electron devices. Employing in excess of 150,000 people around the world, NEC saw net sales in fiscal year 1997-98 amount to 4,901 billion yen (approx. US$40 billion). For further information visit the NEC home page at: http://www.nec-global.com

The worldwide leader and pioneer in digital signal processing solutions since 1982, Texas Instruments provides innovative DSP and mixed signal/analog technologies to more than 30,000 customers in the computer, wireless communications, networking, Internet, consumer, digital motor control and mass storage markets worldwide. To help customers get to market faster, TI offers easy-to-use development tools and extensive software and hardware support, enhanced by its extensive network of third party DSP solutions providers that produce more than 1,000 products using TI technology.

Texas Instruments Incorporated is a global semiconductor company and the world's leading designer and supplier of digital signal processing and analog technologies, the engines driving the digitization of electronics. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, the company's businesses also include materials and controls, educational and productivity solutions, and digital imaging. The company has manufacturing or sales operations in more than 25 countries.

TI is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TXN. More information is located on the World Wide Web at: http://www.ti.com

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TImeBuilder is a registered trademark of Texas Instruments.

NEC and V850 are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of NEC Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.


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