2/7/2005 - Tensilica(R), Inc., the only company to automate the design of optimized application-specific configurable processors, announced that its Xtensa LX processor has won the 2004 Microprocessor Report (MPR) Analysts’ Choice Award for Best Intellectual-Property (IP) Core. MPR selected the Xtensa LX core for its market-leading performance (verified by independent benchmark results), low power consumption, unmatched architectural flexibility, powerful Vectra LX DSP engine and unique XPRES (Xtensa PRocessor Extension Synthesis) design tools.
“We saw significant activity in the IP-core market this year with many companies announcing new products, but Tensilica’s introduction of the Xtensa LX and its revolutionary tool, the XPRES design compiler, made it the clear winner,” said Tom R. Halfhill, Senior Analyst, Microprocessor Report. “Even without XPRES, Xtensa LX would be the leading contender for this award, but the combination is unbeatable.”
MPR analysts collectively nominate products and select winners in nine categories: IP-Core Processor, Low-Power Embedded Processor, High-Performance Embedded Processor, DSP Processor, DSP Core, Server Processor, Desktop PC Processor, Mobile PC Processor, and Technology. Products qualifying for a 2004 MPR Analysts’ Choice Award must have shipped or sampled in 2004, with the exception of the Technology award which can be long-term and shared by multiple companies.
Published by In-Stat, Microprocessor Report has been the leading industry newsletter covering embedded processors, PC processors, server processors, and DSPs since 1987. In-Stat also produces conferences such as the Spring Processor Forum, Fall Processor Forum, and Processor Forum Taiwan. In addition, as a member of Reed Business Information, In-Stat is a division of the largest business-to-business publisher in the U.S.
About Xtensa LX
The Xtensa LX configurable processor is the highest performance processor core on the market, featuring both higher computational throughput and dramatically higher I/O (input/output) bandwidth. This record-breaking performance, combined with Tensilica’s patented automated design and development environment, makes Xtensa LX the only processor fast and flexible enough to replace register transfer logic (RTL) design methodologies in system-on-chip (SOC) designs, leading to reduced development time and risk along with dramatic increases in ROI (return on investment) for semiconductor and systems companies. Xtensa LX is also ideally suited as a traditional control processor in embedded applications.
The Xtensa LX processor core features significant innovations in four key areas:
The XPRES (Xtensa PRocessor Extension Synthesis) Compiler enables the rapid development of optimized system-on-chip (SOC) devices without requiring designers to hand code their hardware using design languages like VHDL and Verilog, a process which can take months or perhaps years of design and verification effort. Instead, using XPRES, designers simply input the original algorithm that they’re trying to optimize, written in standard ANSI C/C++, and the XPRES Compiler, coupled with Tensilica’s automated processor generation technology, automatically generates an RTL (register transfer level) hardware description and associated software tool chain. In as little as an hour, Tensilica’s approach delivers the resulting hardware block in the form of a pre-verified Xtensa LX processor core.
The core also enables customers to future proof their designs due to its inherent programmability, and avoid the cost and risk associated with verifying custom logic. Additionally, the generated RTL fully rivals the performance and efficiency of hand-coded RTL blocks with many concurrent operations, efficient data types, and optimized multiple wide deep pipelines.
Tensilica was founded in July 1997 to address the growing need for optimized, application-specific processor solutions in high-volume embedded applications. With a configurable and extensible processor core called Xtensa, Tensilica is the only company that has automated and patented the time-consuming process of generating a customized processor core along with a complete software development tool environment, producing new configurations in a matter of hours. For more information, visit www.tensilica.com.
Tensilica and Xtensa are registered trademarks belonging to Tensilica Inc. NVIDIA is a registered trademark of NVIDIA Corporation.
Tensilica’s announced licensees include Agilent, ALPS, AMCC (JNI Corporation), Astute Networks, ATI, Avision, Bay Microsystems, Berkeley Wireless Research Center, Broadcom, Cisco Systems, Conexant Systems, Cypress, Crimson Microsystems, ETRI, FUJIFILM Microdevices, Fujitsu Ltd., Hudson Soft, Hughes Network Systems, Ikanos Communications, LG Electronics, Marvell, NEC Laboratories America, NEC Corporation, NetEffect, Nippon Telephone and Telegraph (NTT), NVIDIA, Olympus Optical Co. Ltd., S2io, Seiko Epson, Solid State Systems, Sony, STMicroelectronics, Stretch, TranSwitch Corporation, and Victor Company of Japan (JVC).
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