Cadence's Tensilica ConnX B20 DSP IP Boosts Performance for Automotive Radar/Lidar and 5G

March 8, 2019 Rich Nass

There's been a fair amount of pickup in the automotive electronics space lately, particularly as manufacturers look for more ways to automate functions. To that end, Cadence recently announced its Tensilica ConnX B20 DSP IP. The IP provides a fast, power-efficient solution for the automotive and 5G communications markets, which you could make the argument, are quickly converging.

The technology covers next-generation radar, lidar, vehicle-to-everything (V2X), user equipment (UE)/infrastructure, and IoT applications. With an enhanced instruction set architecture (ISA) and clock-speed increase, the ConnX B20 DSP processes parts of the communication processing chain up to 30X faster and parts of the radar/lidar processing chain up to 10X faster compared to the company’s previous generation.

Software compatible with the rest of the ConnX DSP family, the ConnX B20 DSP has a 512-bit vector width up to 128 MACs, can load 1024 bits of data each cycle, and achieves a 1.4-GHz frequency. Customers can quickly optimize for an application’s power, performance, and area (PPA) requirements with easy scalability and extensive configurability. In addition, they can perform fast software development with advanced compiler, debug and simulation tools as well as an optimized math library and application examples with source code.

General availability is planned for the second quarter of this year.

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Rich Nass

Richard Nass is the Executive Vice-President of OpenSystems Media. His key responsibilities include setting the direction for all aspects of OpenSystems Media’s Embedded and IoT product portfolios, including web sites, e-newsletters, print and digital magazines, and various other digital and print activities. He was instrumental in developing the company's on-line educational portal, Embedded University. Previously, Nass was the Brand Director for UBM’s award-winning Design News property. Prior to that, he led the content team for UBM Canon’s Medical Devices Group, as well all custom properties and events in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Nass has been in the engineering OEM industry for more than 25 years. In prior stints, he led the Content Team at EE Times, handling the Embedded and Custom groups and the TechOnline DesignLine network of design engineering web sites. Nass holds a BSEE degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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