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Video, Imaging and Wireless Markets Targeted by Stretch Software-Configurable Processor

Stretch Inc.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 27, 2005 – Stretch Inc., a pioneer and leader in software-configurable processor devices, today announced the completion of its S5000 family with the introduction of the S5500 processor targeting wireless base station, video and imaging markets. The company also announced the S55DVK00 Development Platform, which includes a complete application development and debug environment for design with the S5500 processor.

The S5500 software-configurable processor provides high-performance and fast time to market in a smaller package than the previous members of the S5000 family. Based on Stretch's S5 engine, the device tailors embedded programmable logic within the processor engine to optimize complex algorithms used in wireless, video and imaging applications. System designers speed development time by optimizing the application software and the instruction-set architecture simultaneously.

“For many embedded applications, the design challenge for developers is to create as quickly as possible, a high-performance customized design to accommodate rapidly evolving systems that must address changing standards or multiple formats,” said Reynette Au, vice president of marketing at Stretch. “Our S5500 software-configurable processor and development kit solves this challenge by providing a high-performance flexible platform that allows customization of complex algorithms through standard C/C++, which provides fast time to market.”

The S55DVK00 development platform based on the S5500 processor provides a full-featured and flexible environment for end-to-end application design, beginning with algorithm and feature profiling to fully customized applications. Software designers can expand functionality and I/O capability via a high-density option board connection. Stretch’s Integrated Development Environment (IDE) is an integral part of the S55DVK00, offering a powerful and intuitive development tool that delivers a single system environment for performing function development, performance tuning, system verification, and in-circuit debugging.

The family of Stretch S5000 processors combines the speed and efficiency of a DSP with the programmability of an FPGA, and is configured easily with standard C/C++ programming tools. There was no use of assembly language, thereby greatly simplifying application development. Designed to perform extremely well in any compute-intensive application, the processors achieve high performance by spotting software hot spots—sequences of operations that get executed many times—and “crushing” them into a single instruction.

Pricing and Availability

The S55DVK00 is priced at $2000 and includes the S55DB00 (S5500 Development Board), Stretch IDE Software License and comprehensive documentation. The S5500 processor and S55DVK00 Development Kit will be available from Stretch in 3Q05.

About Stretch

Stretch Inc. is delivering a family of software-configurable processors, the first to embed programmable logic within the processor. Using familiar C/C++ programming tools, system developers automatically configure Stretch’s off-the-shelf processors to achieve extraordinary performance, easy and rapid development, significant cost savings, and flexibility to address diverse markets and changing application needs. Founded in 2002, Stretch is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., and has been funded through investments from top-tier venture capitalists Worldview Technology Partners, Oak Investment Partners and Menlo Ventures. For more information, visit

Source: Stretch Inc.