Virage Logic Strengthens Non-Volatile Embedded Memory (NVM) Business

FREMONT, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—January 28, 2009— Virage Logic Corporation (NASDAQ:VIRL), the semiconductor industry's trusted IP partner, announced it is strengthening its non-volatile embedded memory (NVM) business with the appointment of Dr. Yankin Tanurhan as vice president and general manager of the company's NVM Solutions business unit. In this newly created position, Dr. Tanurhan will be responsible for leading all aspects of the company's NVM business. Dr. Tanurhan will report to Dr. Alex Shubat, Virage Logic's president and chief executive officer (CEO).

“We recognize that embedded NVM technology has broad reaching market potential that spans well beyond the traditional SoC application space we have been addressing. As such, we've brought on board an extremely capable executive to lead the expansion of our NVM business,” said Dr. Alex Shubat. “I’m confident Yankin's deep technical and operational management experience will enable him to drive the strategic vision and successful expansion of our NVM business into such new markets as power management, MEMS and precision analog applications.”

“Virage Logic has long been recognized as a leading provider of advanced technology semiconductor IP solutions,” said Dr. Tanurhan. “I'm looking forward to leading a very talented team as we address the expanding global market opportunities for the company's NVM technology.”

About Virage Logic’s NVM Business Unit

Virage Logic's NVM Solutions Business Unit is comprised of two key product lines. NOVeA® – first introduced in 2002 – represents the industry's first commercially available NVM solution on a standard CMOS process. AEON® — acquired from Impinj, Inc. in June of 2008 – offers multiple-time programmable (MTP) NVM optimized to meet the needs of digital power management products. Because Virage Logic's NVM product line is based on standard logic CMOS processes that require no additional masks or processing steps, it eliminates the costly manufacturing steps typically involved with embedded NVM while reducing the engineering effort and associated costs of integrating NVM into system-on-chip (SoC) designs.

NOVeA has enjoyed strong acceptance in the defense and security markets while AEON, with its multi-time programmable (MTP), few-time programmable (FTP), and high-voltage NVM product lines, has seen strong demand in high-volume consumer markets. Virage Logic's NVM product line offers the industry's broadest logic NVM IP product portfolio ranging from 250- to 65-nanometer (nm) solutions, servicing markets ranging from high volume consumer and industrial to automotive and security conscious applications including military.

About Dr. Yankin Tanurhan

Before joining Virage Logic, Dr. Tanurhan served as Vice President of Actel's Advanced Applications and System Solutions, where he led Actel's new architecture design, IP and MPU business units, system and hardware tools and product validation departments. He was also responsible for leading Actel's embedded FPGA, embedded processor and DSP activities.

Prior to joining Actel, Yankin held senior management positions in system level design at Synopsys. Prior to that, he served as the director of the department of electronic systems and microsystems of FZI (Forschungszentrum Informatik), and held senior positions at the Institute of Computer Aided Circuit Design and Informatik Forum in Germany, where he lead international hardware/software co-design projects.

Dr. Tanurhan authored more than 100 papers in refereed publications. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rheinisch Westfaellische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) in Aachen, Germany and a Dr. Ing. degree summa cum laude in Electrical Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe (TH) in Karlsruhe, Germany.

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About Virage Logic

Virage Logic is a leading provider of semiconductor intellectual property (IP) for the design of complex integrated circuits. The company's highly differentiated product portfolio includes embedded SRAMs, embedded NVMs, embedded test and repair, logic libraries, memory development software, and interface IP solutions. As the industry's trusted semiconductor IP partner, foundries, IDMs and fabless customers rely on Virage Logic to achieve higher performance, lower power, higher density and optimal yield, as well as shorten time-to-market and time-to-volume. For further information, visit

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