Express Logic

Embedded Systems Conference, Boston, MA (PRWEB) September 28, 2006

Express Logic, Inc., the worldwide leader in royalty-free real-time operating systems (RTOS), today announced that its popular ThreadX RTOS now supports all of Tensilicas Diamond Standard and Xtensa configurable processor cores. The combination of ThreadX and Tensilicas Xtensa is already production-proven in a high-volume SOC design used in personal laser printers. Leveraging this successful integration, Express Logic and Tensilica have cooperated to bring ThreadX to the Diamond Standard processor cores for SoCs used in consumer, networking, and office automation applications.

ThreadX is a small-footprint RTOS with real-time determinism that enables Tensilica customers to support applications that demand high-performance, low overhead, and fast time-to-market. As a full port to all of the Tensilica products, ThreadX supports Tensilicas onchip coprocessors including its floating point unit, Vectra DSP engine and special Tensilica Instruction Extension (TIE) cases. The simplicity and low cost of ThreadX, including its royalty-free licensing, make it attractive for high-volume applications in consumer devices, office automation, medical equipment and networking. ThreadX has been widely embraced and is currently deployed in over 300 million electronic products.

Many of our Xtensa and Diamond Standard customers have asked us if ThreadX support is available, said Steve Roddy, Tensilicas vice president of marketing. Were delighted that ThreadX will now be a formal part of the supporting ecosystem for all of our processor cores. The ThreadX RTOS is extremely efficient, proven in multiple applications, and easy to design in ― perfect for many Diamond Standard and Xtensa-based designs.

Tensilicas Diamond Standard Series processor family consists of six off-the-shelf, synthesizable cores that range from area-efficient, low-power controllers to the industrys highest performance licensable DSP and most popular audio processor. The Diamond Standard family covers the broadest range of performance of any embedded computing architecture. The Diamond Standard processor family is based on Tensilicas highly efficient Xtensa configurable and extensible processor architecture, proven in hundreds of SOC designs. Therefore, its easy for designers to bridge to Tensilicas Xtensa processor product line if additional customization is required.

One of our largest customers, a major personal and business printer manufacturer, uses the ThreadX RTOS throughout their product lines. Some of these high-volume personal laser printer products are based on Tensilicas Xtensa processors, stated John Carbone, Express Logics vice president of marketing. After the success of this integration for a mutual customer, and the popularity of Tensilicas recently introduced Diamond Standard processors, we are excited to cooperate with Tensilica to broadly market our ThreadX RTOS for Tensilicas entire Diamond Standard processor family as well as the Xtensa configurable processors.

Pricing and Availability

ThreadX is available in full source code form, royalty free, at license prices starting at $ 12,500. It is available from Express Logic now for Tensilicas Diamond Standard processor cores and will be available in 4Q2006 for Tensilicas Xtensa processor cores.

About Tensilica

Tensilica offers the broadest line of controller, CPU and specialty DSP processors on the market today, in both an off-the-shelf format via the Diamond Standard Series cores and with full designer configurability with the Xtensa processor family. Tensilicas low-power, benchmark proven processors have been designed into high-volume products at industry leaders in the digital consumer, networking and telecommunications markets. All Tensilica processor cores are complete with a matching software development tool environment, portfolio of system simulation models, and hardware implementation tool support. For more information on Tensilica’s patented approach to the creation of application-specific building blocks for SOC design, visit

About Express Logic

Headquartered in San Diego, CA, Express Logic offers the most advanced run-time solution for deeply embedded applications, including the popular ThreadX

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