Artisan Components' Libraries Selected By empowerTel Networks For Use In Industry's First Convergence Processors

03 January 2002

SUNNYVALE , Calif., -- January 3, 2002 -- Artisan Components, Inc., (Nasdaq: ARTI), a leading provider of semiconductor intellectual property (IP), today announced that empowerTel Networks, the first company to develop and deliver convergence processors enabling a new generation of multi-service platforms, selected Artisan's industry-standard memory generators and standard cell library to develop its award winning MediaXpress™ family of convergence processors. The MediaXpress processor with integrated MediaFlow™ software is the first convergence processor optimized to provide an unparalleled combination of high-capacity, low-latency, real-time packet processing solutions that enable network equipment vendors to deliver cost-effective, carrier-grade, multi-service platforms.

Artisan's products, optimized for speed and density, enabled empowerTel to meet their products' demanding performance targets and provided them with superior RTL-to-GDSII results. In addition, empowerTel gained access to a single library source that quickly moved them from design to production without worrying about incompatibilities.

"empowerTel's MediaXpress convergence processor family is designed to seamlessly interface to industry-standard DSPs for voice and video processing and incorporates additional standard interfaces including PCI, CT/H.110 and Fast Ethernet," said Dr. David Chang, vice president of engineering at empowerTel. "Artisan's broad product offerings enabled our designers to have confidence that they can simply drop the libraries into our designs and they would work with the process and foundry we chose."

"Artisan is pleased our semiconductor IP provided successful solutions for empowerTel's MediaXpress processors, which was just awarded Communications Solutions™ Magazine's Product of the Year Award for its innovative technology," said Neal Carney, vice president of marketing at Artisan Components. "The use of Artisan products provided a design flow that allowed them to quickly get to market with a family of convergence processors, with exceptional value propositions for next-generation media servers, media gateways and multi-service switches."

About Artisan Components
Artisan Components, Inc., (Nasdaq: ARTI) is a world leader in intellectual property (IP) components, providing high-quality solutions for many of the world's leading semiconductor foundries, integrated device manufacturers, ASIC vendors and IC design teams. Artisan's Process-Perfect™ memory generators, standard cell and I/O libraries are optimized to achieve the full-speed, density and low-power potential of each semiconductor process. Each product is verified using the industry's most comprehensive QA and validation procedures and delivered ready to use with a complete set of views and models supporting leading design tools. Artisan's headquarters are located at 141 Caspian Court, Sunnyvale, CA 94089-1013.


Artisan Components is a registered trademark and Process-Perfect is a trademark of Artisan Components, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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