LONDON – Tensilica Inc. has announced that is has received a strategic investment from the corporate venture fund of Fujitsu Ltd. The size of the investment was not disclosed.
Tensilica (Santa Clara, Calif.) is a licensor of processor intellectual property specializing in dataplane processor (DPU) cores that are a combination of CPUs and DSPs. Tensilica's DPUs have been licensed by more than 150 companies and are used in system-on-chip (SOC) designs for signal processing in mobile wireless, home entertainment and other applications, the company said. Tensilica has used its Xtensa DPU to develop and optimize DPUs for audio, baseband and other signal processing applications that have been designed into millions of cellular phone handsets, the company added.
"We've been working with the best engineers at Fujitsu for over two years as they've been designing their LTE products for next-generation mobile phones," said Jack Guedj, Tensilica's president and CEO, in a statement. "We are honored that Fujitsu has decided to make a strategic investment in Tensilica out of its corporate venture capital fund due to our strong DPU semiconductor IP for LTE baseband modem, audio processing and many other applications in advanced mobile phones. We will be working closely with them to find other chip design projects that can benefit from our technology."
"After working with Tensilica on the development of advanced performance on our mobile terminals we realized how important Tensilica's DPU foundation has become to our engineers," stated Minoru Sakata, president of the Fujitsu mobile phones business unit, in the same statement. "Tensilica's customizable DPUs help us get maximum performance with the lowest possible power in high throughput, signal processing-intensive mobile wireless devices."
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