Tensilica Licenses Xtensa LX2 Configurable Processor Core to WiLinx

Tensilica,® Inc. announced that WiLinx, a Los Angeles based fabless semiconductor company, has licensed the Xtensa LX2 configurable processor for its low-power True-UWBTM single chip CMOS (Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor) solutions. WiLinx True-UWB product offers 7 GHz (from 3 to 10 GHz) of air spectrum as the key enabler for worldwide adoption of UWB into the cellular phone handsets, PCs, PC peripherals and CE (consumer electronics) devices.

“Following an in-depth technical analysis, we selected Tensilica’s Xtensa LX2 configurable processor core for our single chip low power True-UWB product families. The 7-GHz coverage of our solution unleashes the full capacities of the WiMedia based UWB solution to our customers. In particular it includes ‘above 6 GHz WiMedia bands,’ mandatory for Bluetooth-3.0 enabled devices,” stated Masoud Djafari, CEO and co-founder of WiLinx. “Tensilica’s easily configurable processor technology plays a key role in delivering the feature rich WiMedia protocol at low power and cost. It also makes the product more flexible for future upgrades.”

“WiLinx has developed key technology that will enable over-the-air, 480 Mbps links across all 12 WiMedia channels in cost-effective CMOS process technology,” stated Steve Roddy, Tensilica’s vice president of marketing. “We’re proud that WiLinx has chosen Tensilica, adding to our growing position as a leading processor choice in the UWB market.”

Unlike standard, off-the-shelf, inefficient processor technologies that are generalized to address a wide range of application requirements, Tensilica’s configurable technology allows WiLinx to realize the optimal application characteristics (performance, efficiency and power) that are demanded by complex UWB applications.

About WiLinx
WiLinx is a fabless semiconductor company, providing low-cost and low-power single-chip CMOS solutions covering the entire UWB bandwidth from 3 to 10 GHz. These solutions enable WiMedia-based, universal, robust wireless connectivity with enhanced range and data-rates for Wireless Personal Area Networks. WiLinx is well known for its reconfigurable wideband CMOS radio technology. The company mission is to be a leading supplier of cost effective wireless modules in PC, CE and handset market, in partnership with our customers and by realizing high performance innovative architectures and circuits on low cost CMOS technology.

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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