Meeting the Requirements for Advanced Smartphone Processing

Tensilica is already playing several pivotal roles in advanced smartphone designs. We're a key enabler of next-generation LTE and 4G handset designs, and we provide a host of other functions inside the handset:


See all the smartphones that include Tensilica's cores.

Where's Tensilica in Smartphone Designs?

Audio Offload

  • Best performance, lowest power MP3 playback
  • Process 32 or more simultaneous gaming audio streams
  • Codec support for all the popular standards

Speech Offload

  • Best in-class pre- and post-processing
  • Efficient algorithms for power management
  • Create highest quality speech environment

LTE/3G/2G Baseband Radio

  • Lowest power, highest performance DSPs
  • Flexible solutions match your approach
  • Multiple DPUs and DSPs to mix and match

Image and Video Signal Processing

  • Pre- and post-image processing
  • Efficient, low-power DSP
  • Match DSP to your algorithms

Security and Decryption

  • Embed DRM features
  • Implement SW algorithms in a customized DPU
  • Ideal for complex algorithms

Other Radios

  • PHY and MAC solutions
  • Embedded control and/or DSP functions
  • Flexible solutions

Sensors

  • Ideal for low-power sensor applications
  • Control and/or DSP functions

Audio Offload

You’ll find Tensilica’s HiFi family of audio DSPs in smartphones doing demanding audio processing ranging from simple MP3 downloads to processing complex immersive sound for games that support 32 or more simultaneous audio streams. HiFi is also great for noise reduction and special effects. See our Audio, Voice & Speech section.

Speech Offload

Speech processing has become much more complex, with the requirements to perform pre- and post-processing tasks like noise reduction, volume leveling, dialog clarity, volume boost, and spatial expansion. Voice and speech recognition requirements in smartphones are outpacing battery technology, so efficient algorithms on an optimized DSP can make a tremendous difference. See our Audio, Voice & Speech section.

LTE/3G/2G Baseband Radio

Tensilica offers the lowest power, highest performance baseband DSPs for LTE, LTE Advanced, and multi-standard cellular phones. Whether you're looking for a solution that is fully software programmable or a mix of hardware accelerated blocks and programmable DSPs and DPUs, we can help you quickly develop low power, low cost implementations. Plus, Tensilica is the only IP vendor with a comprehensive LTE-A HW/SW solution - read more.  See our Baseband and RF Signal Processing section.

Other Radios

Advanced handsets have multiple air interfaces. WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS are usually implemented as separate subsystems consisting of both an embedded control CPU and one or more DSPs in the PHY and MAC layers - and our ConnX brand DSPs and DPUs can be used for both layers. We have customers using our DPUs for Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS as well as for creating flexible, programmable radios. See our Baseband and RF Signal Processing section.

Sensors

Tensilica’s DPUs are perfect for low-power sensor applications. We’re great for control and signal processing for  biometric sensors (fingerprints), accelerometers (motion), noise level,  gyroscopes (compass) and more. See our Diamond Standard section for examples of Tensilica controllers.

Security and Decryption

By implementing software algorithms in a customized DPU, it makes it much more difficult for the chip to be pirated. Digital Right Management (DRM) features embedded within commercially distributed music and video require complex encryption/decryption. Tensilica's Xtensa processors are ideal for a programmable solution so that, as standards change, you don't need to re-spin the chip. See our Xtensa product section.

Image and Video Signal Processing

Use our customizable DPUs to meet the challenges of camera image pre-processing, filtering, stabilization, color correction, light processing, and video - anywhere there's lots of customized signal processing.  See our Xtensa product section.

Tensilica’s Customers in Mobile Handsets

See our Customer Profiles section for information Intel, Maxim, Qualcomm Atheros, NTT DOCOMO, Wolfson and more, plus see examples of smartphones that include Tensilica DPUs.



Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Tensilica licensees have built over 700 DPU core variants in silicon?