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Tensilica Demonstrates Audio, Video and Next-Generation Baseband DSP at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

SANTA CLARA, Calif. USA – February 10, 2009 – Tensilica, Inc. will demonstrate its industry leading audio, video and baseband DSP (digital signal processing) processor cores for wireless mobile devices and base station systems at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) exhibition in Barcelona next week, February 16-19. Major systems and semiconductor companies will be showcasing products using Tensilica’s technology, and many 4G/LTE, PicoCell and FemtoCell, WiFi, mobile digital radio, and mobile digital TV baseband communications SOC (system-on-chip) designs are now in progress based on Tensilica’s customizable dataplane processors. Companies interested in meeting with Tensilica at MWC are urged to schedule an appointment by emailing meetings@tensilica.com. Tensilica’s booth is located at Hall 2.1 Booth #2.1A67.

"Many leading companies are responding to the current market slowdown by accelerating the rate of new product innovation - providing compelling new features consumers will want in their next-generation devices," stated Steve Roddy, Tensilica’s vice president of marketing and business development. "Tensilica enables rapid design of SOCs for mobile devices that deliver advanced voice and audio features, high-quality video, and advanced baseband capabilities, providing both flexible and cost-effective SOC designs."

Demo 1: Baseband DSP

Tensilica’s Xtensa customizable dataplane processors are widely employed by companies for baseband DSP tasks. Dataplane Processor Units (DPUs) are ideal building blocks for the next generation of high-speed digital radios because they are small, provide flexibility, and can be rapidly customized to provide optimum DSP speed, power, and performance. Tensilica’s DPUs can be used in many applications where general-purpose DSP cores are too slow and custom logic designed with RTL (register transfer level) blocks do not provide enough flexibility and require extensive verification, increasing design risk.

One of Tensilica’s baseband DSP customers, Ibiquity Digital, will demonstrate its low power, portable terrestrial HD radio receiver in a mobile handset accessory format. The Ibquity design employs Tensilica processors for both the baseband DSP and audio DSP.

Demo #2: Leading Audio DSP for Portable Devices

Tensilica’s market-proven HiFi Audio DSP has been designed into millions of cellular phones and mobile consumer electronic devices. With the lowest power-consumption of any licensable audio DSP and the largest available library of optimized audio application software, the HiFi audio DSP has been used in mobile applications by five of the top 10 semiconductor companies. At MWC, Tensilica will demonstrate sound-enhancing audio post-processing software from its partners, SRS Labs and AM3D, running on the HiFi Audio DSP.

Demo #3: SD Video for Portable Devices

Tensilica’s 388VDO DSP is a proven multi-standard SD video DSP that has been employed in several portable devices. It is fully software programmable, providing the flexibility to support multiple video standards. Tensilica’s Xtensa DPUs are also tailored for video pre-processing for mobile phone camera image signal processing and for video post-processing for image enhancement on both LCD displays and cell phone projectors.

With firmware updates to respond to the array of Internet-driven video codecs becoming a common event for the latest generation smart phones and the emergence of apps stores, full video datapath software programmability offers handset manufacturers another way to further delight and engage their customers. At MWC, Tensilica will demonstrate a production video card that employs the 388VDO for programmable multi-format SD video.

Numerous Tensilica Licensees at MWC Barcelona

The list of exhibitors at MWC that have licensed Tensilica’s processor cores includes: Atheros, Broadcom, Fujitsu, Intel, Juniper Networks, LG Electronics, Marvell, NEC, NVIDIA, Panasonic Mobile, and Sony.

About Tensilica

Tensilica, Inc. is the recognized leader in customizable dataplane processors. Dataplane Processor Units (DPUs) consist of performance intensive DSP (audio, video, imaging, and baseband signal processing) and embedded RISC processing functions (security, networking, and deeply embedded control). The automated design tools behind all of Tensilica’s application specific processor cores enable rapid customization to meet specific dataplane performance targets. Tensilica’s DSPs and processors power top tier semiconductor companies, innovative start-ups, and system OEMs for high-volume products including mobile phones, consumer electronics devices (including portable media players, digital TV, and broadband set top boxes), computers, and storage, networking and communications equipment. For more information on Tensilica’s patented benchmark-proven DPUs visit .

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Editors’ Notes:

  • Tensilica and Xtensa are registered trademarks belonging to Tensilica Inc. All other company and product names mentioned are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
  • Tensilica’s announced licensees include: ADDMM, Afa Technologies, ALPS, Aquantia, Astute Networks, Atheros, AMD (ATI), Avision, Bay Microsystems, Berkeley Wireless Research Center, Brocade, Broadcom, Cisco Systems, CMC Microsystems, Conexant Systems, Design Art Networks, DS2, EE Solutions, Epson, ETRI, FUJIFILM Microdevices, Fujitsu Ltd., Fujitsu Microelectronics Ltd., Hudson Soft, iBiquity Digital, Ikanos Communications, Intel, Juniper Networks, LG Electronics, Lucid Information Technology, Marvell, NEC Laboratories America, NEC Corporation, Neterion, Nethra Imaging, Nippon Telephone and Telegraph (NTT), NuFront, NVIDIA, Olympus Optical Co. Ltd., Panasonic Mobile, Penstar, Plato Networks, PnpNetwork Technologies, PowerLayer Microsystems, SiBEAM, Silicon Optix, Sony, STMicroelectronics, Stretch, TranSwitch Corporation, Triductor Technology, u-Nav Microelectronics, UpZide, Valens Semiconductor, Validity Sensors, Victor Company of Japan (JVC), WiLinx, WiQuest Communications, and XM Radio.