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Monday, August 27, 2007

Buy Dell and Lenovo Notebooks with Xtensa inside

WiQuest Communications, Inc.'s WQST110/101 Certified Wireless USB silicon is being used by Dell
and Lenovo in their latest notebook PC products. Dell’s Inspiron 1720 notebook and Lenovo’s ThinkPad T61/T61p 15.4-inch widescreen notebook are part of the very first wave of Wireless USB platform certifications awarded by the USB Implementers Forum that contain WiQuest's chips, which contain Xtensa processors.

Monday, August 20, 2007

New Application Notes Available

We've posted three new application notes to our web site:
* Fast OFDM on Xtensa Processors
* Implementing A Mutex and Barrier Synchronization Library on Xtensa
* Optimizing for Energy using the Xenergy Energy Optimizator Tool

SiBEAM, Inc. Selects Tensilica Configurable Processor for Baseband DSP in Wireless Link for HDTV Devices

SiBEAM, Inc., a leading innovator of millimeter wave (mmWave) solutions and developer of high-speed wireless communications platforms, has selected Tensilica’s Xtensa configurable processor for an upcoming chip design project.for baseband DSP.

“SiBEAM has developed its wireless communications products to deliver high quality wireless video solutions for consumer electronics and display applications. These applications demand high data rate transmission to multiple devices within an indoor wireless environment using conventional CMOS silicon,” said Kumar Mahesh, manager of MAC and Software Design for SiBEAM, Inc. “We selected Tensilica’s Xtensa processor for its ability to help us achieve our goal of developing innovative-multi-gigabit, lower-power mmWave communications products. By optimizing the Xtensa processor into a tailored processor core, this enables our products to attain the performance these wireless applications demand.”

For more information, see

Friday, August 10, 2007

See Audio NetSeminar

Tensilica Presents
“Low-Power, Low-Overhead, High-Fidelity Digital Sound for SOCs”
Live Webcast Wednesday, August 15, at 11:00 a.m. PT

Tensilica will present a live webcast, discussing how most consumer products must support multiple codecs and offer a broad range of audio-enhancement features. All of these factors have resulted in a high demand for a flexible, high-performance, low-power audio engine that adds digital-sound capabilities to an SOC with the least amount of design effort and a small on-chip footprint. This online seminar presents a proven way to add low-power, low-overhead, high-fidelity audio to SOC designs.

The presenter for the August 15th broadcast will be Steve Leibson, Technology Evangelist, Tensilica. Leibson, the author of several books on integrated circuit design, spent 15 years as an award-winning technology journalist, serving as Editor in Chief of EDN, the Microprocessor Report, and Embedded Developers Journal. He also served as an engineer at several companies, including HP.

To sign up for this event, visit

Friday, August 03, 2007

Tata Elxsi Becomes Tensilica's First Authorized Multimedia Processor Design Center

Tata Elxsi Ltd., a leading independent embedded design service company headquartered in Bangalore, India, with offices in major locations around the world, has become the first authorized design center for Tensilica’s multimedia customers. Tata Elxsi’s engineers have been fully trained on Tensilica’s HiFi 2 Audio Engine and Diamond Standard 38xVDO Video Engine family, and will be able to provide SOC design services including hardware and system software design for semiconductor and electronics manufacturers. Tata Elxsi has served as a design center for Tensilica’s Xtensa configurable processor family for over three years, and is already assisting global electronics companies with Tensilica-based multimedia designs.

“Tensilica’s Diamond Standard 38xVDO Video Engine family is the most capable processor core-based video solution on the market today, supplying full D1 resolution Main Profile H.264 performance,” stated Madhukar Dev, CEO, Tata Elxsi. “And the HiFi 2 Audio Engine is proven in designs that are shipping in huge volumes right now. Our turnkey SOC design capability and proven strengths in multimedia design will help Tensilica’s customers quickly integrate these powerful engines into their SOC designs, reducing product development time and costs. Our network of offices and strong presence in key geographies such as US and Europe and Asia, including Japan, Taiwan and South Korea, provides customers with easy access to world-class multimedia system and engineering expertise.”