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Friday, July 30, 2010

Use Tensilica's Cores for Control

While they excel as dataplane processors, Tensilica’s Diamond Standard and Xtensa processors are ideal control processors and can be used as-is or tailored to match your performance targets. Click on the headline above to find outmore.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

SySDSoft Ports Complete LTE Protocol Stack to Tensilica's Atlas LTE Reference Architecture

SySDSoft's LTE Protocol Stack for UE combines highest-to-date data rates (290Mbps DL and 75Mbps UL simultaneous throughput) with a small footprint required in today's mobile platforms. SySDSoft has designed its LTE protocol stack leveraging its extensive experience in a myriad of wireless standards including WiMAX-2005 and CDMA-DO. The solution comprises Layer 2, Layer 3 and NAS following the 3GPP September Release. The Layer 2 solution comprises the MAC, RLC, and PDCP with optimized code for the time-critical ROHC, support for HW ciphering/deciphering, ARQ, and channel prioritization. The RRC (Layer 3) implementation supports the cell selection, mobility, paging, and connection establishment and release.

Tensilica's Atlas UE LTE reference architecture implements the complete 3GPP LTE Layer 1 PHY at CAT4 data rates based on its customizable and programmable Xtensa Dataplane Processors (DPUs) and ConnX DSP IP (intellectual property) cores. Tensilica is unique among IP suppliers as its Xtensa DPUs scale from very small micro cores to powerful 3-way VLIW DSPs ideal for power-efficient execution of Layer 2 and Layer 3 protocol stacks such as the solution from SySDSoft.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

White Paper: Why High MHz Does Not Mean High Performance

Traditionally, performance has been associated with higher frequency. However, higher performance can be achieved even while running the processor at lower frequency. This leads to not only lower power, but also to better architecture-performance efficiency and lower area. This lower area in turn leads to even more power savings when compared to traditional deep-pipeline RISC processors. Read this white paper to find out more

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Use Customizable Processors as SOC Building Blocks

General-purpose microprocessor cores can’t deliver the application throughput, cost, and power efficiency needed for most computationally demanding embedded SOC tasks. These processors aren’t designed to efficiently manipulate audio, video or network packets or do other highly specialized tasks.

Until now, these demanding tasks had to be hard coded in RTL to get the speed required. However, designing millions of gates in RTL takes too long, is too hard to verify, and can’t be changed once the chip is fabricated.

Now there’s a real alternative to RTL design. You can use configurable, extensible Xtensa processors instead of RTL to finish your design much faster and add flexibility to adapt to changing standards or product requirements. Tensilica’s Xtensa processors provide both the I/O throughput and the computational performance previously only available with RTL design.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Chelsio Communications licenses Tensilica's Xtensa processor

Chelsio Communications, Inc., of Sunnyvale, Calif., has licensed the Xtensa LX customizable DPU (dataplane processor) for its next-generation 10Gb Ethernet Terminator ASIC. Chelsio has used Tensilica's Xtensa DPUs in two previous generations of Terminator ASICs.

Monday, July 19, 2010

8 Years at Tensilica

Sometimes it's very hard to believe that I joined Tensilica 8 years ago last Saturday. I've seen a lot of growth in that time. Why do I stay? It's honestly a good job. We do a lot of creative things around here. I work with smart people. And the product is technically great.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Tensilica in Home Entertainment Systems

You can find Tensilica's cores in many home entertainment systems. We picked out 4 of the most interesting applications to give you more detail: Blu-ray Disc, set-top boxes, digital TVs, and digital radio.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

New job posting: Baseband Biz Dev Mgr

We actually have 10 positions open at Tensilica now - we're really growing and investing in new areas, like Baseband where we've seen significant success with our ConnX BBE16 baseband DSP. If you know anyone good for this or any of the positions, let us know.

Monday, July 12, 2010

White Paper: Using Processors in the SOC Dataplane

To effectively use processors in the dataplane, 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. Read this white paper for more info.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Arteris Adds Support for Tensilica's PIF for Network-on-Chip

This support will make it much easier for designers to get maximum efficiency when integrating Tensilica’s dataplane processing units (DPUs) into their system-on-chip designs. Using Arteris’ NoC technology, Tensilica’s DPUs can be mixed and matched with other processor cores or RTL blocks in complex, high-throughput designs. Tensilica’s DPUs are often used in multi-core chip designs, performing valuable data processing functions such as audio, video and baseband communications.