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    by Published on 02-12-2013 01:01 AM

    Video is a huge growing area and advanced imaging applications are becoming ubiquitous. By "advanced" I mean more than just things like cameras in your smartphone. There is lots more coming, from high-dynamic range (HDR) photography, gesture recognition, more and more intelligent video in cars to keep us safe, face-recognition and so on. And not at the resolutions that we are used to, things are going ultra-high ...
    by Published on 01-03-2013 09:28 AM

    Next week it is the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas and so there are announcements around the areas where consumer overlaps with semiconductor, which these days is primarily mobile. Then in February in Barcelona is Mobile World Congress, which is even more focused on mobile. Expect more announcementst there.

    Currently voice ...
    by Published on 11-30-2012 02:07 PM

    LTE (Long Term Evolution) is the true 4G standard for cellular and, over time, wireless internet. In fact it is several different standards with different levels of performance. LTE will eventually be the only technology used in cellular, voice will simply be Voice-over-IP (VoIP, the same technology that companies like Skype and Vonage use to make "free" calls over the net). ...
    by Published on 10-11-2012 07:48 PM

    At the Linley processor conference this week, Chris Rowen, the CTO of Tensilica presented on the protocol processing dataplane. That sounds superficially like he is talking about networking but in fact true protocol processing is just part of adding powerful compute features to the dataplane. Other applications are video, audio, security, voice-recognition and so on. All of these ...
    by Published on 10-10-2012 06:00 AM

    It was in June of last year that Tensilica announced that they (or rather their licensees) had shipped one billion cores. Now they have just announced that they have shipped two billion cores. They are shipping at a run-rate of 800 million cores per year, which is 50% higher than June last year. If business continues to grow they will ...
    by Published on 08-17-2012 02:00 PM

    It is obviously a truism that somewhere in an SoC there is something limiting a further increase in performance. One area where this is especially noticeable is when a Tensilica core is used to create a highly optimized processor for some purpose. The core performance may be boosted by a factor of 10 or even as much as 100. Once the core itself is no longer the limiting factor, I/O bandwidth ...
    by Published on 07-30-2012 06:00 AM

    The Wi-Fi Alliance is an industry consortium dedicated to driving adoption of the various Wi-Fi standards which also go under the rather less catchy name of IEEE 802.11x (where the x varies depending on the generation of the standard, right now a, b, g or n). They also certify devices for interoperability.

    Wi-Fi Alliance says that today there are over ...
    by Published on 06-20-2012 12:00 PM

    The Linley group is the go-to source for information about the microprocessor market. If you go back to their roots in Michael Slater's Microprocessor Report then they have been in the business for 25 years. We haven't had microprocessors for that much longer. They just tagged Tensilica as being second in shipments of chips containing ...
    by Published on 04-24-2012 08:26 PM

    Chris Rowen, Tensilica's CTO, presented in Santa Cruz at the Globalpress briefing. He was basically presenting Tensilica's audio strategy, which I've written about before. But he provided an interesting perspective. Globalpress (which flies journalists in from all over the world and then fills the few remaining empty seats with a few of us local guys) ...
    by Published on 02-21-2012 06:00 AM

    Due to a lot of somewhat aggressive marketing by carriers, you might think that 4G wireless is already here. After all, wasn't 3G ages ago? But in fact true 4G handsets won't really be available until 2015/6. But to make that schedule, first silicon needs to be available late this year or early next, to allow one or two turns as the systems go through 3 ...

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