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AppliedMicro taps Tensilica for high-throughput project

Posted: 20 Sep 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:high-throughput project  Xtensa dataplane processors 

AppliedMicro taps Tensilica Inc's Xtensa LX dataplane processors (DPUs) for their upcoming high-throughput communications chip design project.

AppliedMicro's senior manager of engineering, Sean Campeau states, "We selected Tensilica's DPUs because of their remarkable ability to be customised with high-bandwidth, efficient interfaces, such as FIFO-like queues, to quickly stream data into and out of the processor." He explains, "These high-speed connections bypass the main system bus altogether, allowing us to implement functions in the processor that previously could only meet our performance targets by being implemented in RTL (register transfer level) logic. Implementing these functions in a processor speeds our design effort considerably and gives us a much more flexible solution."

Meanwhile, Tensilica's VP of marketing and business development, Steve Roddy says, "AppliedMicro's project is typical of high performance dataplane signal processing designs that can take advantage of our customisable dataplane processor (DPU) and specialised I/Os." He explains that in the dataplane, customers need demanding data throughput and computational performance that can't be achieved using traditional processors.

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