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Thursday, June 29, 2006

NVIDIA GoForce 5500 Employs Tensilica’s Xtensa HiFi 2 Audio Engine

The Xtensa HiFi 2 Audio Engine drives the high-quality 24-bit audio processing in the recently introduced NVIDIA GoForce 5500 handheld graphics processing unit (GPU). The NVIDIA GoForce 5500 brings high-fidelity surround sound as well fluid digital TV, rapid multi-shot photography and console-class 3D graphics to mobile phones. Phones based on the NVIDIA GoForce 5500 handheld GPU are expected to be available from key handset manufacturers before the 2006 holiday season.

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Chris Rowen's Keynote at 2006 World Congress

Over 500 people attended Chris Rowen's keynote address to the 2006 World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Applied Computing in Las Vegas last Monday, June 26. His presentation is titled, "The Reinvention of the Microprocessor". If you missed it, you can see a PDF of the presentation at:

Monday, June 26, 2006

Silistix Partners with Tensilica to Develop a Demonstration Test Chip for Portable Multimedia Applications

Silistix and Tensilica are collaborating on a demonstration chip for low-power, portable multimedia applications. The CMOS chip will demonstrate the ability of the Silistix CHAIN self-timed interconnect technology to work with high-performance processor cores from Tensilica along with additional silicon cores from Denali and sci-worx at a 65nm process node. For more information, see

Thursday, June 22, 2006

WiQuest Licenses Xtensa for Low-Power Wireless USB Chip Design

WiQuest Communications, Inc. has deployed the Xtensa configurable processor in WiQuest’s WQST110 ultrawideband (UWB) wireless USB chip design. “We licensed the Xtensa processor because it was the lowest power processor on the market, which is essential for wireless designs,” stated Greg Christison, vice president of Engineering, WiQuest Communications. “We were also impressed with Tensilica’s automated capabilities for configuring the processor."
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