JNI to Leverage Tensilica Technology

Monday Jul 23rd 2001 by James Alan Miller
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Liscenses Tensilica's Xtensa(TM) technology for next generation Fibre Channel Controller ASICs

Tensilica(R) Inc., a provider of extensible, configurable processor technology, and JNI(R) Corporation , a manufacturer of enterprise-level storage area network (SAN) products and Fibre Channel based host bus adapters (HBA), today announced that JNI has licensed Tensilica's Xtensa(TM) technology and plans to incorporate it into a System-on-Chip Fibre Channel Controller product.

"We chose Tensilica's technology over several available RISC processor core options after an extensive technical evaluation," said Sassan Teymouri, vice president of the JNI Semiconductor Division. "Among other reasons, Xtensa has a proven high performance capability in 0.18-micron technology, and provides a completely integrated suite of software development tools."

"Fibre Channel technology is expanding rapidly," Teymouri continued. "We want to offer a class of extremely programmable and flexible controllers that meets a wide range of requirements from SAN-to-WAN applications to Storage Virtualization applications. Xtensa's unique extensibility feature will facilitate tailoring the processor to accommodate specific protocols and streamline its performance - two very important requirements for our program."

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