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Cadence IP is used in thousands of designs for the most innovative products. Below is a listing of the companies that use Tensilica technology that we can talk about, in alphabetical order. We also highlight some of the most interesting ones on the following pages in our Customer Gallery:

Samsung Captivate AMD R9 290X DTV Cisco ASR1000
Handsets

Graphics

Entertainment

Network and Telecom Infrastructure
Lenovo 3000 NEC VN8210 Belkin Validity fingerprint sensor
PCs, Tablets, and Printers Storage, SSDs, and Storage Networking Wireless Others


Alphabetical Listing of Announced Tensilica Customers

AfaTechnologies

AFA Technology
Afa Technologies, Inc. selected the Xtensa® configurable processor for a new multi-standard mobile digital TV receiver system-on-chip (SoC) design project. Tensilica's unique technology allows us to implement in low-power processors what previously was only possible using hardwired logic. By optimizing the Xtensa processor, we can deliver a programmable solution for advanced mobile TV handsets, and still meet the low power constraints needed to deliver the long battery life consumers expect," stated Philip Sun, Af's executive vice president.
See press release.

 

ALPS

ALPS
The Peripheral Products Division of ALPS Electronic Co., Ltd. has deployed Xtensa DPUs in several generation of dye sublimation photo printers sold through major OEMs worldwide. See press release.

 

AMD

AMD/ATI
Cadence's Tensilica® HiFi Audio DSPs are in every AMD TrueAudio graphics chip, creating immersive gaming audio. Xtensa processors are a key ingredient in AMD's UVD (United Video Decoder) for hardware processing of HD video formats in PC graphics cards and notebook computers. UVD technology reduces power use, helps decrease system noise, and helps to increase notebook battery life during HD video playback.

 

Aquantia

Aquantia
Aquantia Corp. uses the Diamond Standard 108Mini processor core in the AQ1401, AQ1202, and AQ1103 10 Gigabit Ethernet PHY transceiver chips. See press release.

 

AppliedMicro

AppliedMicro
Applied Micro is using Xtensa LX DPUs in a high-throughput communications chip design project. See press release.

 

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ASTRI
Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI) is using Xtensa customizable processor cores for a video research project. The government of Hong Kong created ASTRI to perform high-quality R&D (research and development) for technology transfer to industry, develop needed technical human resources, and act as a focal point that brings together industry and university R&D assets.

 

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Audience
Audience is a licensee of Cadence's Tensilica processor technology.

Avision

Avision
Avision Inc., the leading Taiwanese supplier of multi-function printing/copying/scanning office products, is using the Xtensa processor in a scanner product. See press release.

 

Bay Microsystems

Bay Microsystems
Bay Microsystems has used the Xtensa processor to develop the Montego InterNetworking Processor, a programmable 10Gig network processor (NPU). Read press release.

 

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Blue Wonder Communications
Blue Wonder Communications licensed Cadence's Xtensa DPUs for an LTE (Long-Term Evolution) embedded broadband modem design. Blue Wonder Communications is an independent design house developing mobile broadband solutions for the telecommunications and semiconductor industries. See press release.

 

Broadcom

Broadcom
Broadcom is a licensee of Tensilica products, with the Tensilica processor deployed in several product groups.

 

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Brocade
Brocade is a licensee of the Xtensa processor.

 

Cavium

Cavium
Cavium is a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing in networking, communications, and the digital home. Cavium offers a broad portfolio of integrated, software-compatible processors ranging in performance from 10Mbps to 40+ Gbps that enable secure, intelligent functionality in enterprise, data-center, broadband/consumer, and access and service provider equipment. Cavium selected Cadence for its next-generation Tensilica wireless broadband products. See press release.

 

Chelsio Communications

Chelsio Communications
Chelsio Communication licensed Xtensa LX for its next-generation 10Gb Ethernet Terminator ASIC. Chelsio has used Cadence's Xtensa DPUs in two previous generations of Terminator ASICs. See press release.

 

Cisco

Cisco
Cisco is a repeat customer of the Xtensa processor. Cadence’s Xtensa processors are used in the innovative 40Gbps Cisco Silicon Packet Processor used in the Cisco CRS-1. See press release and EE Times article for more information. Cadence's Xtensa processors are also used in the QuantumFlow Processor in Cisco's ASR1000 router.

 

ClariPhy

ClariPhy
"We benchmarked other CPU and controller cores and selected Tensilica's Xtensa DPU because it offered us a unique combination of a robust standard architecture with a rich third-party ecosystem, plus the ability to configure and extend the core to meet our exact applications need," stated Reza Norouzian, vice president of sales and business development at ClariPhy. See press release.

 

CMC Microsystems

CMC Microsystems
CMC Microsystems licenses the Xtensa LX processor to boost the prototyping capability available to university researchers through Canada’s System-on-Chip Research Network (SOCRN). This program enables engineers at 36 participating SOCRN universities to create FPGA-based hardware prototypes for designs that include customized versions of the Xtensa LX processor. See press release.

 

Conexant

Conexant
Conexant is a licensee of both Xtensa and Vectra technologies.

 

DesignArt Networks

Design Art Networks
DesignArt Networks is using multiple Xtensa LX DPUs to speed product development and reduce risk to their WiMAX wireless baseband chip designs. Multiple Xtensa LX cores are used in PHY and MAC layers of DesignArt’s SoC platform, where some are replacing RTL state machines with high-performance software, and some have been configured as custom DSP engines, handling high-speed signal processing functions. See press release

 

Dialog Semiconductor

Dialog Semiconductor
Dialog Semiconductor licensed the Tensilica HIFi Audio/Voice DSP IP. They will initially deploy the IP to develop next-generation audio solutios for their connectivity products. See press release.

EE Solutions

EE Solutions
EE Solutions, a leading design service provider with considerable expertise in SoC design, licensed the Diamond Standard 108Mini processor core for a high-performance, low-power application for one of its customers. "Tensilica’s Diamond Standard 108Mini core perfectly met our needs for a low-cost, low-power, high-performance controller core for a high-volume customer application in the mobile space," stated Jim Su, chief executive officer of EES. “We evaluated all of the popular 32-bit controller cores on the market, and Tensilica’s Diamond Standard 108Mini gave us the best price, performance and power solution."
See press release.

Emulex


Emulex

The ServerEngines group of Emulex uses Tensilica cores in its BladeEngine 10Gb Enterprise I/O controller and other designs for the enterprise blade server market.

 

enVerv

EnVerv
EnVerv licensed Cadence's Tensilica ConnX DSP for use in a power line communications chip for smart grid applications. "By using the ConnX DSP we were able to reap the benefits of implementing custom instructions that are unique to our signal processing algorithms, thus giving us the benefit of a custom DSP design while maintaining the flexibility of a soft architecture," stated Dr. Rarrokhi, executive vice president of engineering at EnVerv.
See press release.

 

Epson

Seiko Epson
Seiko Epson Corporation ("Epson") is using multiple Xtensa processors in its REALOID printer engine chip shipping in dozens of Epson printer models worldwide. According to Katsuhiko Nishizawa, General Manager of IJP Design Department of Imaging & Information Product Division of Epson’s Imaging Products Operations Division, “By using pre-verified Xtensa processors instead of traditional RTL methods of implementing the image processing datapath, we completed the design of the REALOID chip with less than half the development costs of previous chips." See press release.

 

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Fujitsu
Fujitsu Limited of Tokyo, Japan, has licensed the Xtensa LX2 customizable processor core as the baseband processor for Fujitsu’s mobile phone. See press release.

Fujitsu Microelectronics Limited has licensed the 330HiFi Audio DSP for a portable consumer electronics design. See press release.

Fujitsu signed multi-year corporate license for multiple Tensilica products. See press release.

 

GCT Semiconductor

GCT Semiconductor
GCT Semiconductor licensed the Cadence Tensilica ConnX BBE16 digital signal processing (DSP) core for a next-generation chipset targeting mobile applications. The core offers high computation throughput in a small and very low power footprint, coupled with its extensive DSP core roadmap to meet future device computation requirements. 

 

Hisense

Hisense
Hisense is using the HiFi Audio/Voice DSP to do all of the audio decoding and post processing in SoCs for digital televisions.  See press release.

 

Huawei

HiSilicon Division of Huawei
The HiSilicon Division of Huawei licensed Cadence's Xtensa processors and ConnX DSP cores for network equipment chip design.See press release.

They sign a second corporate license, announced Feb. 2011. "We have used Tensilica's Vectra and ConnX BBE16 and they are best-in-class for baseband signal processing and can be optimized to improve speed, power and performance. We have also selected Tensilica's HiFi Audio DSP core," stated Teresa He, vice president of HiSilicon

hudson

Hudson Soft
Hudson Soft used Xtensa processors to deliver breakthrough graphics quality to manufacturers of small, battery-operated hand-held devices as well as specialty entertainment consoles. See press release.

 

Hughes

Hughes Network Systems
Hughes Network Systems is using Xtensa processors in the HN9000 satellite modem for high-speed satellite Internet connectivity.

 

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Ibiquity
iBiquity Digital Corporation licensed Xtensa LX configurable DPUs, including the market-leading HiFi audio DSP, to provide digital baseband and audio processing for many HD Radio™ receivers. iBiquity also is a value-added reseller of Cadence's Tensilica technology, bundling it into select iBiquity silicon IP offerings marketed to major semiconductor companies. See press release.

 

IDT

IDT
IDT is a Tensilica licensee.

 

Ikanos

Ikanos
Ikanos Communications, a fabless semiconductor vendor serving the broadband access concentrator market, uses the Xtensa processor as the heart of its Burst Mode Engine (BME) chip, which is in the SmartLeap 8100, SmartLeap 8800, and CleverConnect 150 chip sets. 

 

Intel

Intel
Both the Intel Atom processor CE4100 and the Intel Media Processor CE 3100 devices for Internet-connected devices include two of Cadence's Tensilica HiFi audio DSPs. See press release. .

 

Juniper

Juniper Networks
Juniper Networks (previously known as NetScreen) uses two Xtensa processors in its NetScreen-ISG 1000 and 2000 security gateways. These are high-performance integrated security gateways that deliver scalable network access for enterprise, carrier, and data center networks.

 

LG

LG Electronics
LG Electronicshas licensed Cadence's Tensilica technology for use in mobile telephones and DTV systems. They used the Xtensa configurable processor core to deliver the world's first mobile phone capable of receiving digital broadcast signals. Compatible with the "Terrestrial digital-multimedia-broadcast" (T-DMB) system in Korea, the LT1000 mobile phone is powered by a sophisticated digital media processor which was designed using the Xtensa processor. See press release. LG also licensed Cadence's Tensilica HiFi Audio DSP and several codecs for use in HDTVs. See press release.

 

Marvell

Marvell
Marvell uses the Xtensa processor in a range of products, including the Yukon family of Ethernet controllers, the LinkStreet family of SOHO router chips, the Horizon family of communications controllers, and printer engines. See press release on company-wide license of Xtensa LX.

 

Maxim

Maxim
Maxim's MAC98095, developed for smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other audio- and voice-enabled devices, integrates Cadence's Tensilica HiFi Audio DSPs. This was used as a demonstration platform at the Mobile World Congress show in 2012. See press release.

 

MegaChips 

MegaChips
MegaChips Corporation specializes in the design, development, and sales of systems LSIs, and electronic devices and systems products with LSIs manufactured by the company. They are using the HiFi Audio/Voice DSP in several key SoC designs. See press release.

 

Microsoft 

Microsoft
Microsoft utilized four Tensilica� processors in the Xbox One audio subsystem as noted in the Linley Group Microprocessor Report entitled, “Inside the Xbox One Mega-SoC” (subscription required). See press release.

 

MStar 

MStar

MStar Semiconductor, Inc., a leading semiconductor company for display and digital home solutions, has licensed the Xtensa DPU for a new SoC design for the home entertainment and home networking market segments. MStar utilized the customization capabilities of the Xtensa DPU to add application-specific interfaces and instructions which optimized the Xtensa core for the best performance and lower power.

 

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NEC
NEC is a licensee in Tensilica technology.
NEC Laboratories America and NEC Corporation have Xtensa licenses. See press release. NEC’s iStorage NV8200 network attached storage (NAS) appliance for enterprise data processing uses Xtensa processors. NEC is also using Xtensa processors for a mobile phone SoC. See press release.

 

Novatek

Novatek
Novatek is using Cadence's Tensilica HiFi Audio DSP for three chips for digital televisions and set-top boxes. See press release.

 

Nufront

NuFront
NuFront Software of Beijing, China, has designed a baseband DSP using Cadence's DPUs for China's Mobile TV handset standard. NuFront's T-MMB mobile solution was demonstrated at China's IIC 2008 exhibitions. See press release.

 

NXP

NXP
NXP was the lead customer for Cadence's ConnX Baseband Engine and has successfully fabricated it into its automotive multi-standard software-defined radio innovation platform. See press release.
NXP announces their multi-tuner car radio with HiFi Audio - see press release.

 

Panasonic

Panasonic
Panasonic Mobile Communications Co. Ltd. (President: Osamu Waki), located in Tsuzuki-ku, Yokohama, Japan, (Panasonic Mobile) has licensed the Xtensa LX customizable DPU for an LTE baseband processor IC for mobile phones. See press release.

 

Phison

Phison Electronics Corp.
Phison is a market leader in NAND Flash controllers and applications including USB, SD, eMMC, PATA and SATA. Phison licensed Cadence's Xtensa DPU for Flash-based products. See press release.

PnpNetwork

PnpNetwork Technologies, Inc.
PnpNetwork licensed two Diamond Standard processor cores for their digital mobile broadcasting chip designs for mobile consumer broadcast TV applications and video-enabled handset designs. PnpNetwork will use the Diamond Standard 330HiFi for high-quality audio processing and the Diamond Standard 212GP as a control processor for their chip designs. See press release.

QLogic

QLogic
QLogic has licensed Cadence's Xtensa processor technology.

 

Qualcomm Atheros

Qualcomm Atheros
Qualcomm Atheros, a leading provider of advanced wireless solutions, uses Xtensa DPUs in a wide range of WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth and Ethernet products. See press release.

 

Realtek

Realtek
Realtek Semiconductor Corp. licensed the Cadence Tensilica HIFi Audio/Voice DSP IP for use with the TrulyHandsFree always-on voice activation and recognition technology from Sensory. See press release.

 

Renesas

Renesas
Renesas is using Cadence's Tensilica ConnX BBE16 DSP for digtial broadcasting receivers. See press release.

 

Samsung

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung signed a broad multi-year license for Tensilica HiFi audio DSP. Samsung is using the Diamond Standard 330HiFi audio DSP in mobile handset and other designs. G. S. Han, vice president of Samsung Electronics, System LSI Division, said “After a thorough technical evaluation of Tensilica’s HiFi offering, we found that the Diamond 330HiFi was the right audio DSP for Samsung and will be a key DSP in our IP portfolio for years to come." See press release. See 2009 press release on additional HiFi licenses.

 

Sandforce

Sandforce
SandForce, Inc., is a semiconductor company developing SoC products that boost the storage I/O performance of next-generation servers, workstations and PCs by orders of magnitude. They are using the Diamond Standard 108Mini RISC controller core in their high-performance storage controller chipset designs. See press release.

 

SHDIC

Shanghai HDIC
Shanghai High Definition Digital Technology Industrial Corporation (HDIC) selected Cadence's Tensilica HiFi Audio DSP for a digital television project for the Chinese market. Shanghai HDIC is a fabless semiconductor company focused on developing fully standards-compliant digital television terrestrial silicon chips, IP, and system solutions. See press release.

 

SimpLight

SimpLight
Simplight Nanoelectronics achieved first silicon success for their LTE modem chip SL3000 for low-power handsets and tablets. SimpLight used Cadence's Tensilica ATLAS reference platform, which implements a complete, fully programmable modem subsystem for the LTE Layer 1 PHY. See press release.

 

Sony

Sony
Sony is using Xtensa processors in consumer electronics applications. See press release.

 

Stretch

Stretch Inc.
Stretch Inc. is delivering a new kind of software-configurable processor, the first to embed programmable logic within the processor. Stretch uses Cadence’s Xtensa technology. See the press release. See press release about Xtensa LX and HiFi2 in Stretch's S6000 Software Configurable Processor.

 

Transwitch

TranSwitch
TranSwitch Corp. is a repeat customer using the Xtensa processor in a variety of high-end communications ICs, including the OMNI products and T3BwP chip. TranSwitch acquired Tensilica licensee Centillium and announced that they use two customized Xtensa processors as the CPU in their Atlanta 2000 processor chip. The chips are being used for LTE fixed wireless reference designs (see press release).

 

Triductor

Triductor
Triductor is a licensee of Tensilica products.

 

Valens

 

Valens Semiconductor
Valens Semiconductor uses the Diamond Standard 108Mini as the main controller in the VS100 chipset. Valens devices deliver HD-BasetT video over CAT-5 cabling solutions. See Press Release

 

Via Technologies

VIA Technologies
VIA is using Cadence's DPUs for solid-state drive (SSD) chip design. After conducting a technical evaluation, VIA determined that Cadence's DPUs provide more than 4X the performance of competing processors on key algorithms used to benchmark competitive alternatives. See press release.

 

Validity

Validity Sensors Inc.
Validity Sensors, Inc., a privately held biometric sensor company specializing in convenient, secure, and reliable fingerprint authentication solutions, is using two Xtensa customizable processors in their high-volume fingerprint sensors. See press release.

 

Wolfson

Wolfson Microelectronics
Wiolfson licensed Cadence's HiFi EP Audio DSP to create a low-power, high-definition sound platform. See press release. See press release introducing Tensilica product-based audio SoC design.

 

XM Radio

Sirius XM Radio
Sirius XM Radio is a licensee of Tensilica products.