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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

White paper: The 5 Pitfalls of 4G Baseband 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. Read this white paper to find out what we found out.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Blu-ray Audio White paper

Our white paper: "Everything you wanted to know about Blu-ray audio but were afraid to hear" is a must for anyone designing audio into these devices.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

See Tensilica at SNUG Boston Sept. 21

We just signed up for the Mini Designer Community Expo at SNUG (the Synopsys Users Group) on Tuesday, Sept. 21 from 5-7 pm. Stop by if you're in the neighborhood. It's at the Boston Marriott Newton Hotel.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Free 15-day SW Tools Eval

Tensilica has a well-deserved reputation for having world-class hardware and software design tools. Now, you can experience these powerful tools for yourself. We're offering a free 15-day, single-user node-locked software evaluation license. This license includes the our complete software development toolchain, including: our world-class XCC Compiler; the Xtensa Xplorer graphical user environment that integrates code development, code analysis, simulation, and processor optimization tools into one familiar Eclipse-based GUI; and our class-leading simulation technology providing high-speed, instruction accurate, and pin-level accurate simulation models. In addition, users receive evaluation access to the online knowledge base on our technical support site.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Over 60 Audio Codecs for HiFi Audio DSP

Sure, we offer the most popular audio DSP core on the market. But what makes it so attractive is the huge list of software available that's already been optimized to really work well on this great architecture. Find out why Dolby, DTS and others have tested our software and it meets up to their exacting standards.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tensilica in Wireless Device Design

From Bluetooth to Femtocells, Tensilica is designed in to a wide variety of wireless devices. Check out our customer gallery - wireless section (click on headline) and see what innovative devices we're in, including the Nintendo DS2, notebooks, wireless USB hubs, etc.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

KPIT Cummins - Our Newest Authorized SOC Design Center

KPIT Cummins brings great expertise in ASIC designs for infotainment and consumer electronics applications. They have expertise in digital design combined with analog and mixes signal - perforce for designs for digital still cameras, Blu-ray DVD players, and mobile and handheld devices.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Over 150 Companies use Tensilica's Processors

I just updated the list of companies currently using Tensilica's DPUs. Over 150 companies are using or have used Tensilica's processors in their SOC designs. Click on the headline to read all about them.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Tensilica in Smart Phones

Tensilica is in the new generation of Smartphones, and we're just beginning to see them come out. Expect a lot more later this year. Visit our Customer Gallery for the latest designs.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

10 Tips for Successful SOC Design

SOC designs are major projects. They can produce high-volume, immensely profitable chips but not without risk, as is true for any big project. Most SOC design projects do not complete on time or on budget. Too many are not completed at all. Although there is some risk involved, the rewards for success are great. These 10 tips will help your team find the path to a successful SOC design.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Novatek Picks Tensilica's HiFi Audio DSP for Blu-ray Disc and DTV

“We selected Tensilica’s HiFi Audio DSP after extensive competitive benchmarking because it provides a low power and area efficient audio solution to meet the demanding requirements of the latest DTV and Blu-ray Disc standards with fully certified codecs,” stated J. H. Chang, Novatek’s senior vice president. “With over 60 pre-ported codecs available, Tensilica offered a combination of excellent technical solution coupled with the availability of a large array of software including post-processing solution.”

Monday, August 09, 2010

Yes, You Can Beat Moore's Law. Here's How.

Read our white paper. While it is feasible to build ASIC devices with more than 100 million transistors, designing these chips is a big challenge. Programmability vs efficiency trade-offs are examined, and suggestions are made for an improved ASIC design methodology using processors as basic building blocks.

Friday, August 06, 2010

The Xtensa Architecture White Paper

This white paper is our most popular because it discussed the essential foundation of all of Tensilica's processor cores.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Ap Note: Accelerating Radix-2 FFT

This document discusses a basic, but very powerful capability of TIE, the ability to define a register file of any arbitrary width and instructions that perform computations on the register file. Additional techniques, such as FUSION and SIMD, are introduced to show how to further improve performance, along with techniques to reduce gate count. These TIE techniques improve FFT performance by a factor of almost 100 times compared to a conventional processor. While the radix-2 FFT algorithm was chosen to illustrate the use of TIE on a relatively simple DSP algorithm, the techniques covered in this application note apply to accelerating any algorithm.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

White Paper: A Designer's Guide to 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. Click on the headline above to read this white paper.