Sonics, Inc., the world’s foremost supplier of on-chip network (NoC) technologies and services, today announced that long-time customer Toshiba has finished the system-on-chip (SoC) design using Sonics’ on-chip network IP for its new TZ2100 group of application processors. The TZ2100 group of applications processors are the newest addition to Toshiba’s ApP Lite™ TZ2000 series. With this group of ApP Lite™ devices, sound and image communications can be securely processed at high speeds, making them well-suited for applications such as smart appliances, industrial CPUs, panel-control systems, and machine-to-machine [M2M] communication modules.

The relationship between Sonics and Toshiba spans more than 12 years of design success. Toshiba’s design history using Sonics’ NoCs covers SoCs for gaming, digital TV, mobile, and automotive applications, and with the recent introduction of the TZ2000 series, application processors. The company’s designs have progressed significantly in terms of complexity (number of IP blocks integrated) and performance (clock speed and process nodes). In aggregate, Toshiba has shipped more than 200 million SoCs with Sonics’ NoCs serving as the communication fabric for heterogeneous, multi-core integration.

“Toshiba was an early proponent of Sonics’ on-chip networks and continues to be one of our most valued customers,” said Grant Pierce, CEO of Sonics. “We are honored to be chosen for the TZ2100 group of application processors and look forward to working together for many years to come.”

“Sonics’ on-chip network products play a critical role in the integration of our complex SoC designs,” said Katsuya Konishi, General Manager, Logic LSI Design Department, Logic LSI Division of Toshiba Corporation Semiconductor & Storage Products Company. “They help us achieve the time-to-market and performance requirements for these projects. We are very pleased to reach this important milestone in our relationship and plan to continue using Sonics’ IP in our ASSPs and ASICs.”

About ApP Lite™

The IoT will see more and more devices connected to the Internet and to each other. Increasingly, functions to effectively process and safely transfer a wide variety of data, from simple text to data-heavy audio and visual sources, are required for IoT. ApP LiteTM(Application Processor Lite) microprocessors are ideal for such processing.

* ApP Lite is a trademark of Toshiba Corporation.

About Toshiba

Toshiba Corporation, a Fortune Global 500 company, channels world-class capabilities in advanced electronic and electrical product and systems into five strategic business domains: Energy & Infrastructure, Community Solutions, Healthcare Systems & Services, Electronic Devices & Components, and Lifestyles Products & Services. Guided by the principles of The Basic Commitment of the Toshiba Group, “Committed to People, Committed to the Future,” Toshiba promotes global operations towards securing “Growth Through Creativity and Innovation,” and is contributing to the achievement of a world in which people everywhere live in safe, secure and comfortable society.

Founded in Tokyo in 1875, today’s Toshiba is at the heart of a global network of over 590 consolidated companies employing over 200,000 people worldwide, with annual sales surpassing 6.5 trillion yen (US$63 billion).

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About Sonics, Inc.

Sonics, Inc. (Milpitas, Calif.) is the global leader in trusted on-chip network (NoC) technologies used by the industry’s top semiconductor and electronics product companies. Sonics was the first company to develop and commercialize NoCs, accelerating volume production of complex systems-on-chip (SoC) that contain multiple processor cores. Our comprehensive NoC portfolio delivers the communication performance required by today’s most advanced consumer digital, communications and information technology devices. Sonics’ NoCs are integral to the success of SoC design platforms that innovators such as Broadcom®, Intel®, Marvell®, MediaTek, and Microchip® rely on to meet their most demanding SoC integration and time-to-market requirements. We are a catalyst for design methodology change and actively drive industry conversation on the Agile IC LinkedIn group. Sonics’ holds more than 138 patent properties supporting customer products that have shipped more than two billion SoCs. For more information,, and follow us on Twitter at @sonicsinc.