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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



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


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



Cadence's Tensilica® HiFi 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 Corp. uses Xtensa processors in the AQ1401, AQ1202, and AQ1103 10 Gigabit Ethernet PHY transceiver chips. See press release.



Applied Micro uses Xtensa processors in a high-throughput communications chip design project. See press release.


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Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI) uses Xtensa processors 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 (now part of Knowles)
Audience is a licensee of Xtensa processors.


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.



Broadcom (now part of Avago)
Broadcom is a licensee of Tensilica processors deployed in several product groups.


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Brocade is a licensee of the Xtensa processor.



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 Xtensa processors for its next-generation wireless broadband products. See press release.


Chelsio Communications

Chelsio Communications
Chelsio Communication is a repeat licensee of Xtensa processors. See press release.



Cisco is a repeat licensee. 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. Xtensa processors are also used in the QuantumFlow Processor in Cisco's ASR1000 router.



"We benchmarked other CPU and controller cores and selected Tensilica's Xtensa processor 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.



Conexant is a licensee of Xtensa processors.


DesignArt Networks

Design Art Networks (now part of Qualcomm)
DesignArt Networks is using multiple Xtensa processors to speed product development and reduce risk to their WiMAX wireless baseband chip designs. Multiple Xtensa 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 DSP. 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 a processor for a high-performance, low-power application for one of its customers. "[the Xtensa processor] 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 "gave us the best price, performance and power solution."
See press release.


(now part of Broadcomm/Avago)
The ServerEngines group of Emulex uses Xtensa processors in its BladeEngine 10Gb Enterprise I/O controller and other designs for the enterprise blade server market.



EnVerv licensed the 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.



Seiko Epson
Seiko Epson Corporation ("Epson") uses multiple Xtensa processors in its REALOID printer engine chip shipping in dozens of Epson printer models worldwide. See press release. Epson also uses Xtensa processors in their GPS watches. See press release.



Espressif Systems

Espressif Systems uses Xtensa processors in its ESP8089 and ESP8266 Wi-Fi and ESP32 WiFi+Bluetooth chips that are optimized for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The Xtensa processor, customized by Espressif to achieve the best power, performance and area results, is used both as a digital signal processor and control processor with a real-time operating system (RTOS) that runs Espressif’s Wi-Fi and TCP/IP stacks and other application software.  See press release.

Now with full Arduino support, the Espressif community is very active.



Fortemedia provides solutions for people or machines to listen and sound better, no matter what environment they are in.  The iM401 Smart Microphone Processor incorporates the HiFi mini DSP to support voice trigger, key phrase detection and one shot command recognition processing.

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Fujitsu is a repeat licensee of Tensilica processors. See press release.


GCT Semiconductor

GCT Semiconductor
GCT Semiconductor licensed the Tensilica ConnX BBE16 DSP for mobile applications. The DSP offers high computation throughput in a small and very low power footprint as well as an extensive roadmap to meet future device computation requirements. 


GEO Semiconductor Inc

GEO Semiconductor Inc

GEO introduces a single chip solution for ultra-wide angle cameras that supports 2 microphones with a Tensilica HiFi2 DSP to support unprecedented processing power for applications such as Acoustic Echo Cancellation, Beam Forming and Speech Recognition. See press release


Hisense uses the Tensilica HiFi DSP to do all of the audio decoding and post processing in SoCs for digital televisions.  See press release.



HiSilicon Division of Huawei
The HiSilicon Division of Huawei broadly uses Tensilica processors in many designs.

"they are best-in-class for baseband signal processing and can be optimized to improve speed, power and performance." stated Teresa He, vice president of HiSilicon.


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 Digital Corporation licensed Tensilica processors, including the market-leading HiFi DSP, to provide digital baseband and audio processing for many HD Radio™ receivers. iBiquity also is a value-added reseller of Tensilica processors, bundling them into select iBiquity silicon IP offerings marketed to major semiconductor companies. See press release.



IDT (now part of PMC Sierra)
IDT is a repeat Tensilica processor licensee.



Ikanos (now part of Qualcomm Atheros)
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 uses Tensilica processors in a number of products.

Intel's wireless group acquired Blue Wonder Communications who licensed Cadence's processors for an LTE (Long-Term Evolution) embedded broadband modem design - see press release here.



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 Electronics
LG Electronics has licensed multiple Tensilica processors for use in mobile telephones and DTV systems. See press release.



Marvell uses the Xtensa processor in a range of products. See press release on company-wide license of Xtensa.



Maxim's MAC98095, developed for smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other audio- and voice-enabled devices, integrates Tensilica HiFi DSPs. See press release.


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MediaTek is a licensee of the Tensilica processor technology.



MegaChips uses Xtensa processors in ultra-low-energy IoT sensor hub ICs. See press release. MegaChips has been an authorized Tensilica design center since 2008 and has completed many designs using Xtensa processors. They are using the Tensilica HiFi DSP in several key SoC designs. See press release.



Microsoft use 24 Tensilica processors in the HoloLens mixed reality headset, revealed at HotChips 2016 and reported in many places, including EETimes.

Microsoft use 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 (now part of MediaTek)

MStar Semiconductor, Inc., a leading semiconductor company for display and digital home solutions, has licensed Xtensa processors for SoC designs in the home entertainment and home networking market segments. MStar utilized the customization capabilities of Xtensa to add application-specific interfaces and instructions for the best performance and lower power. See press release.


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NEC is a licensee of Tensilica processors.



Novatek uses Tensilica HiFi DSPs for three chips in digital televisions and set-top boxes. See press release.




NXP was the lead customer for the Tensilica ConnX BBE DSP for baseband communications and has successfully fabricated it into its automotive multi-standard software-defined radio innovation platform. NXP has also integrated the Tensilica HiFi DSP for audio solutions in multiple automotive applications including the a single-chip multi-tuner car radio IC and the new i.MX 8 multisensory Automotive eCockpit platform.



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



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


PnpNetwork Technologies, Inc.
PnpNetwork is a licensee of Tensilica processors. See press release.


QLogic (now part of Cavium)
QLogic has licensed Xtensa processors.


Qualcomm Atheros

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



Realtek Semiconductor Corp. licensed:

  • The Tensilica Fusion F1 DSP to Support Ultra-Low-Power Always-On Functions in the RTS3110/RTS3111 Context Hub Chip. See press release
  • The Tensilica HiFi DSP for use with the TrulyHandsFree always-on voice activation and recognition technology from Sensory. See press release.



Renesas uses:

  • The Tensilica HiFi DSP to be across a wide range of products including mobile wireless and automotive. See press release.
  • The Tensilica ConnX D2 DSP for use in next generation IoT chips. See press release.
  • The Tensilica ConnX BBE16 DSP for digtial broadcasting receivers. See press release.



Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung is a repeat licensee of Tensilica processors.



Sandforce (now part of Seagate)
SandForce, Inc., is a repeat licensee of Tensilica processors. See press release.



Shanghai HDIC
Shanghai High Definition Digital Technology Industrial Corporation (HDIC) selected the Tensilica HiFi 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.



Silicon Labs

Silicon Labs uses the Cadence Tensilica HiFi Audio DSP in the Si4791x Automotive Radio SoC. See product page.


Simplight Nanoelectronics achieved first silicon success for their LTE modem chip SL3000 for low-power handsets and tablets. SimpLight uses Tensilica processors to create a fully programmable modem subsystem for the LTE Layer 1 PHY. See press release.


XM Radio

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




Spreadtrum licensed the Tensilica HiFi DSP for Audio/Voice/Speech. See press release


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




Toshiba uses the Tensilica HiFi mini DSP.

See announcement for the expansion of their IoT Solution ApP Lite(TM) TZ5000 Series - with HiFi mini inside one product for low power AVS.


Triductor is a licensee of Tensilica processors.




Valens Semiconductor
Valens Semiconductor uses a Tensilica processor 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 Xtensa processors for solid-state drive (SSD) chip design. After conducting a technical evaluation, VIA determined that Xtensa processors provide more than 4X the performance of competing processors on key algorithms used to benchmark competitive alternatives. See press release.



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



Wolfson Microelectronics (now part of Cirrus Logic)
Wolfson licensed the Tensilica HiFi EP DSP to create a low-power, high-definition sound platform. See press release. See press release.