Cadence digital signal processor quadruples neural network performance capability

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) has introduced the new Cadence® Tensilica® Vision P6 digital signal processor (DSP), Cadence´s highest-performing vision/imaging processor, which extends the Tensilica product portfolio further into the fast-growing vision/deep learning applications areas, the company said.

New instructions, increased math throughput and other enhancements increase performance by up to four times, compared to the Tensilica Vision P5 DSP.

Tensilica Vision P6 DSP block diagram, architecture and features
The Tensilica Vision P6 DSP builds on the momentum of the market-leading Vision P5 DSP, which has already been designed-in by two of the leading mobile phone application processor vendors. Compatible with the Vision P5 DSP, this newest vision DSP offers an optional 32-way SIMD vector floating-point unit that includes the IEEE half precision standard (FP16). Floating-point performance capability is double that of the Vision P5 DSP, enabling easy use of existing floating-point neural network implementations.

The Tensilica Vision P6 DSP is based on the Cadence Tensilica Xtensa® architecture, and combines flexible hardware choices with a library of vision/imaging DSP functions and numerous vision/imaging applications from our established ecosystem partners. It also shares the comprehensive Tensilica partner ecosystem for other applications software, emulation and probes, silicon and services and much more. The Xtensa architecture is one of the most popular licensable processor architecture, shipping products spanning from sensors to supercomputers.

Cadence enables global electronic design innovation and plays an essential role in the creation of today´s integrated circuits and electronics. Customers use Cadence software, hardware, IP and services to design and verify advanced semiconductors, consumer electronics, networking and telecommunications equipment, and computer systems. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with sales offices, design centers and research facilities around the world to serve the global electronics industry.