Press Release – Andes Technology Corporation and XtremeEDA Corporation Cooperate to Develop Joint Design Wins on Emerging RISC-V Designs

May 23, 2018


Andes to Offer Its Low-Power, High Performance CPU Cores, Including New RISC-V IP; XtremeEDA to Provide Its Front-end IC Design Expertise to Reduce Designers’ Time to Market

HSINCHU, Taiwan and San Jose, California – May 23, 2018—Andes Technology Corporation, the leading Asia-based suppliers of small, low-power, high performance 32-bit embedded CPU cores, and XtremeEDA Corporation, a leading North American provider of front-end design and verification services for the semiconductor industry, today announced they will cooperate to develop joint design wins to benefit both companies. Andes will provide Its low-power, high performance CPU cores, including the first RISC-V core from a public semiconductor company; XtremeEDA will provide experienced front-end design and verification services, thus collectively reducing designers’ time to market.

“We are excited to be joining forces with XtremeEDA to provide our customers CPU IP and design resources they may not possess internally,” said Emerson Hsiao, Senior Vice President of Sales and Technical Service at Andes Technology Corporation USA. “In today’s embedded systems-on-chip (SoC) market, an increasingly important variable in how chips are designed and produced is time to market. A new start-up may have a great architectural specification but may lack the team, design tools, and IP needed to convert the design idea into a chip. In addition, many cannot afford the high cost for design verification.  Together XtremeEDA and Andes can offer its customers access to a design and verification team and a library of IP to support the Andes core that will provide reduced time to market for their unique design.”

“Andes represents a great supplement to our own sales and marketing effort,” said Chris Raeuber, XtremeEDA’s Director of Engineering, US. “As a major CPU core supplier in Asia, Andes has great market insight into the new designs going on in that region and they are bringing that knowledge to the U.S. They are identifying start-ups with unique new SoCs targeting emerging markets that need front-end and verification engineering resources, such as what we offer. Together, we provide our mutual customers a means of rapidly getting their designs into silicon.”

Complementary Strengths

One service Andes provides its customers is an FPGA based version of its processor IP on a reference platform including the new RISC-V IP core. Prospects can evaluate the Andes core using the reference board. In many instances, once a prospect becomes a customer, he may decide to use a design services supplier to take the FPGA implementation and convert it into an SoC chip design. Having XtremeEDA, who is familiar with the Andes reference platform, to convert the FPGA implementation to an SoC chip design greatly shortens the customer’s time to market.

About XtremeEDA Corp.

Founded in 2002, XtremeEDA is a North American based provider of front-end design and verification services for the semiconductor industry.  Our team is unparalleled – with employees averaging 20+ years of semiconductor industry experience and expertise that spans most major sectors. Our business approach emphasizes enduring and transformational relationships to employ creative solutions that enable extraordinary results for all stakeholders.

For more information about XtremeEDA Corporation, please visit

About Andes

Andes Technology Corporation was founded in Hsinchu Science Park, Taiwan in 2005 to develop innovative high-performance/low-power 32/64-bit processor cores and associated development environment to serve worldwide rapidly growing embedded system applications. The company delivers the best super low power CPU cores with integrated development environment and associated software and hardware solutions for efficient SoC design.

To meet demanding requirements of today’s electronic devices, Andes Technology delivers configurable software/hardware IP and scalable platforms to respond to customers’ needs for quality products and faster time-to-market. Andes Technology’s comprehensive CPU includes entry-level, mid-range, high-end, extensible and security families to address the full range of embedded electronics products, especially for connected, smart and green applications.

For more information about Andes Technology, please visit

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