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Friday, January 29, 2010

Web site down at 5 pm PDT

We're switching over to a new ISP at 5 pm and it should only take a few minutes. It might take a while for the switch to populate through all the routers in the world. Let's all hope it happens quickly!

Almost Ready for Monday's Audio Announcement

What's next for our highly successful audio product line? Tune in Monday.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

See Tensilica at Mobile World Congress Booth 7C35

We're setting up appointments now. Lots of good things will be introduced in the next 2 weeks - you'll want to see them up front and in person if you're going to the show. To set up an appointment, email

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

2 New Job Openings in Pune, India

Two DSP engineering jobs open at our Pune facility: One for Audio DSP and one for Baseband Comms DSP.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Hiring: Aps Engineer - Baseband DSP

Yes, Tensilica is hiring. We currently have four open positions listed on our Careers web page (click headline above). One is for an Applications Engineer for Baseband DSP. Know anyone good?

Friday, January 22, 2010

Tensilica's all over mobile handsets

Security, decryption, imaging, video, audio, baseband PHY and MAC, fingerprint processing - see all the places Tensilica processors are found in handsets.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

See how easy it is to configure a processor

Watch the video. See Chris Rowen explain how easy it is to configure a processor using Tensilica's automated system.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

WhitePaper: 5 Pitfalls of 4G Baseband SOC Design

As Tensilica has been working with its customers to design building blocks for LTE PHY designs, including the DSPs and forward-error-correction subsystems, we've realized five key pitfalls associated with LTE baseband development. See this brand new white paper for more details.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Job Opening - Sr. Compiler Engineer

As a member of the software development tools team, you will participate in the design and implementation of the Tensilica software toolchain, in particular the C/C++ compiler targeted for Xtensa processors. Your responsibilities will include maintaining and improving existing compiler algorithms, as well as working closely with software, hardware and application teams on specifying and developing new features.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Google Nexus One - Tensilica Inside

Just got my Google Nexus One. Actually, I wish it were really mine - it belongs to Tensilica and we'll be taking it to Mobile World Congress next month to show it off. We're proud to say that a Tensilica processor is inside this phone!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New Book: ESL Models and Their Applications

Edited by Tensilica Chief Scientist Grant Martin and Brian Bailey, this book provides insight into all phases of ESL model design. Especially Chapter 6: Processor-Centric Design:L Processors, Multiprocessors, Software.

White Paper: A Designer’s Guide to HD Video Pre- and Post-Processing

HD video encoding and decoding algorithms get the bulk of attention by designers developing such products, but HD video codecs for advanced video applications such as broadcast television and Blu-ray disc players have quickly become standardized; there’s little room for product differentiation in a standardized video codec. However, you can substantially differentiate an HD product’s design by improving the video image stream—both before video compression and after.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Friday, January 08, 2010

AMD's New Radeon HD 5870 - Tensilica Inside

World's first mobile graphics with Microsoft DirectX 11 gaming support for notebook computers was announced at CES - and Tensilica is inside every one of them! Tensilica's processors configured to accelerate video stream decoding are an ingredient in every UVD-powered AMD ATI graphics chip, including those with ATI Avivo HD video and display technology, which provdes PC users with crisp images, smooth videos and true-to-life colors.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Tensilica demonstrates success in audio and baseband DSP at CES

A host of products based on Tensilica's dataplane processors (DPUs) will be demonstrated at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, January 7-10 in Las Vegas. These Tensilica-enabled products include some of the most advanced, innovative consumer devices, including Blu-ray Disc players, Bluetooth-enabled devices, LCD TVs, cellular phones, WiFi- and W-USB-enabled notebook computers, wireless HDMI, handheld games, and inkjet and laser printers. Tensilica will showcase its leading-edge audio, video and baseband communication IP cores, including the popular HiFi 2 Audio Engine running on the Android platform in collaboration with MIPS Technologies, in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, suite South 4 35567MP.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Back to Basics: Using Processors in the SOC Dataplane

Read the whitepaper. Designers need a quick, fool-proof way to customize those processors for the exact task at hand. A dataplane processor (or "DPU") naturally connects to existing RTL blocks and provides additional computational horsepower tailored to the exact data type needed - all this with less effort than hand-coding RTL finite state machines or microcoded engines.