Tvia Speeds Verification of Next-Generation Multi-Media Chips with Axis Systems' Xtreme

Tvia Uses Xtreme Verification System for Early System Integration

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 22, 2002--Axis Systems Inc. today announced that Tvia Inc. (Nasdaq: TVIA - News), has purchased Axis Systems' Xtreme(TM) verification system and incorporated it into Tvia's design flow to speed the development of Tvia's CyberPro(TM) family of next-generation multi-media display processors.

The CyberPro processors merge multiple independent streams of audio, video, text, graphics and animation, and deliver high-quality output streams for display to devices such as enhanced televisions and emerging displays.

"To offer more features in our chips, we need to integrate and verify new and legacy IP from multiple sources," said Eli Porat, Tvia's president and chief executive officer. "Before using Xtreme, verifying the IP in our system was difficult and time-consuming; now, our turn-around time has improved from days to hours. We expect that Xtreme will continue to help us remain in front of the opportunity curve."

One of the challenges facing Tvia's design team was integrating third-party MPEG intellectual property (IP) with legacy multi-media designs into its next-generation processor. Using Xtreme, Tvia's SoC designers can run accelerated simulations and emulations to verify the integration of multiple IP from various sources, detect and isolate bugs, and perform system integration early in the design phase.

"Shortening time-to-market is critical in the multi-media convergence market, and we're thrilled that Xtreme gives Tvia a competitive edge," said Mike Tsai, Axis president and CEO. "With its CyberPro processor design, Tvia has demonstrated the power of Xtreme to integrate and debug IP from various sources."

Xtreme is based on Axis's patented ReConfigurable Computing (RCC) technology, which provides powerful debugging capabilities such as VCD-on-Demand and hot swapping. VCD-on-Demand saves the simulation history for an entire design, eliminating the need to re-simulate when a bug is found, which improves overall verification productivity. Hot swapping -- switching from software simulation to accelerated simulation and emulation -- gives designers the flexibility to debug their designs in a familiar software debugging environment while taking advantage of acceleration and emulation performance.

About Axis Systems

Axis Systems Inc. offers high-performance verification platforms for the hardware and software development of complex electronic system and system-on-chip designs. Axis' products help customers increase confidence in new designs, improve overall verification productivity and shorten time to market. On a single system and with a unified design database, patented RCC technology provides software simulation, accelerated simulation, system emulation and hardware/software co-verification. Customers include the world's leading networking and multimedia companies. Axis is headquartered at 209 Java Drive, Sunnyvale, Calif., 94089. To learn more about Axis, visit www.axiscorp.com


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