Tensilica to Make Low-Power Presentation at Portable Design Conference

Steve Leibson, Technology Evangelist at Tensilica, will present “Reduce Power and Energy Consumption in Low-Power SOCs Through ISA Extension.” Tensilica, Inc. is recognized as an industry leader with its low-power, benchmark proven configurable processors.

SOCs designed for low-power applications must extract maximum performance from every microJoule. Configured microprocessor cores help accomplish this objective by greatly reducing the number of cycles needed to execute a task without the need to use manually coded RTL hardware blocks or assembly-language programming. This tutorial explains these concepts in depth by exploring the abilities of configurable processors and through three specific detailed task examples (AES encryption, Viterbi decoding, and FFTs) that benefit from this design approach.

Steve Leibson will give this presentation on Wednesday, October 3, at 3:00 p.m. at the Portable Design Conference and Exhibition takes place at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif.

About Steve Leibson
Steve Leibson is an experienced hardware and software design engineer, engineering manager, and design consultant. He spent 10 years working at electronic systems companies including HP’s Desktop Computer Division, Auto-Trol Technology (graphics workstations), and Cadnetix (EDA workstations) after earning his BSEE cum laude from Case Western Reserve University. At HP, Auto-Trol, and Cadnetix, he specialized in the design of desktop computers and workstations, especially in the areas of system and I/O design. He then spent 15 years as an award-winning technology journalist, publishing more than 200 articles in Microprocessor Report, EDN, EE Times, Electronic News, and the Embedded Developers Journal. He served as Editor in Chief of both EDN and the Microprocessor Report and was the founding Editor in Chief of the Embedded Developers Journal. Leibson has just written and published “Designing SOCs with Configured Cores,” a treatise on 21st-century MPSOC design. Twenty years earlier, he wrote and published “The Handbook of Microcomputer Interfacing,” which was published in English, French, and Dutch, and was used as a university textbook for many years. In 2004, he co-authored “Engineering the Complex SOC” with Tensilica’s president and CEO Chris Rowen, which has also been used as a textbook in university classes. He has also contributed chapters to several other SOC design books since joining Tensilica in 2001.

About Tensilica
Tensilica, Inc. is the recognized leader in configurable processor technology and has leveraged that technology to become the leading supplier of licensable controllers and DSP cores for mobile audio and video applications. Tensilica offers the broadest line of controller, CPU, network, and specialty DSP processors on the market today — including full software toolchain and modeling support — in both an off-the-shelf format via the Diamond Standard Series cores and with full designer configurability with the Xtensa processor family. The modern design behind all of Tensilica’s processor cores provide semiconductor companies and system OEMs with the lowest power, smallest area solutions for high-volume products including mobile phones and other consumer electronics, networking and telecommunications equipment, and computer peripherals.

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