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Cadence Announces Global Tensilica Design Contest for Processor Optimization

Contest aims to foster the spirit of innovation and the realization of ideas among engineering students worldwide

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 6, 2016Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) today announced it is launching a global Tensilica Design Contest for processor optimization sponsored by the Cadence® Academic Network. The contest marks the first worldwide design competition for the academic community to use the state-of-the-art Tensilica® Xtensa® Processor. The contest is geared toward promoting innovations in the areas of vision processing, neural networks, audio/video/image processing and many other DSP and embedded applications. 

Universities that are part of the free Tensilica University Program are encouraged to participate and can easily join. Qualifying teams will receive guidance and online training on the use of the processor and software development tools. The winning team will have an opportunity to participate and present their paper at a Cadence User Conference in 2017. An expert committee of Tensilica architects and academic professors will review the submissions. To learn more about the contest, please visit: cadence.com/news/tensilicadesigncontest.

“The Tensilica Design Contest highlights the critical need for high performance and low power processors for vision, deep learning and other DSP applications used in mobile, automotive and internet of things (IoT) applications,” said Chris Rowen, CTO of the IP Group at Cadence. “The contest cultivates and enables continued innovation within the academic community by providing access to the most advanced tools in the industry for creating application-specific processors and their associated development tools.”

The Cadence® Academic Network is aimed at promoting the proliferation of leading-edge technologies and methodologies at universities renowned for their engineering and design excellence. A knowledge network among selected universities, research institutes, industry advisors and Cadence facilitates the sharing of technology expertise in the verification, design and implementation of microelectronic systems.

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