CAST Inc. Joins Open Core Protocol International Partnership
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CAST Inc. Joins Open Core Protocol International Partnership

PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 3, 2002--Open Core Protocol International Partnership (OCP-IP) today announced semiconductor intellectual property (SIP) provider CAST, Inc. is joining the organization. CAST will use the OCP to enhance its broad line of general-purpose IP cores with the complete socket interface standard for SOC design. The tools granted with membership will also facilitate CAST's work with its international network of IP developers.

"CAST's goal is to make IP practical for mainstream designers," said Hal Barbour president of CAST. "We are proud to support industry standards that help meet that goal. Use of the OCP socket allows us to increase IP reuse, shorten the design cycle, and as a result, makes IP more practical."

"CAST is a truly virtual organization with an international network of IP developers and distributors." said Ian Mackintosh, president OCP-IP. "We are proud to have leading IP providers, developers, and users such as CAST supporting our open industry standard."

About CAST, Inc.

CAST provides general purpose IP (gpIP), a broad range of popular and standards-based cores that includes processors, interfaces, and application-specific functions for multimedia and encryption. Designers use these cores so they can concentrate on the more unique, creative aspects of their system designs, or to quickly incorporate technology beyond their normal expertise.

Privately owned and operating since 1993 with a focus on making IP practical and affordable, the company has established a reputation for high-quality products, simple licensing, and responsive technical support. CAST is located near New York City, and works with an international network of IP developers and distributors. See www.cast-inc.com for core and company details.

About OCP-IP

The OCP International Partnership Association, Inc. (OCP-IP) was formed in December 2001 to promote and support the open core protocol (OCP) as the complete socket standard that ensures rapid creation and integration of interoperable virtual components. In addition to Sonics, Inc., the inventor of the OCP technology, OCP-IP's founding members and initial Governing Steering Committee participants are: Nokia (NYSE: NOK), Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN), MIPS Technologies (NasdaqNM: MIPS), and United Microelectronics Corporation (NYSE: UMC). OCP-IP is a non-profit corporation focused on delivering the first fully supported, openly licensed core-centric protocol that comprehensively fulfills system-level integration requirements. The OCP facilitates IP core reusability and reduces design time and risk, along with manufacturing costs for SOC designs. For additional background and membership information, visit www.OCPIP.org.


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     OCP-IP
     Ian Mackintosh, 650/938-2500 ext. 106
     
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     VitalCom
     Scott Seiden, 650/637-8212 ext. 208
     
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      or
     CAST, Inc.
     Hal Barbour, 201/391-8300 ext. 111
     
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