Realtek Licenses Cadence’s Tensilica HiFi Audio/Voice DSP IP Core

Realtek’s Chips Designed for PC and Mobile Wireless Applications

SAN JOSE, Calif., 21 Aug 2013 -- Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), a leader in global electronic design innovation, today announced that Realtek Semiconductor Corp licensed the Cadence® Tensilica®  HiFi Audio/Voice DSP (digital signal processor) IP core for use with the TrulyHandsFree™ always-on voice activation and recognition technology from  Sensory, a provider of IC and embedded software solutions. This combined low-power hardware/software solution allows Realtek to provide its mobile communications and computing customers with the lowest power always-on voice trigger and recognition capabilities, a distinct competitive advantage. 


Cadence Tensilica HiFi Audio/Voice DSPs are the industry’s most widely used licensable audio/voice DSP family, with support for over 100 proven audio/voice software packages. More than 55 companies have licensed HiFi Audio/Voice DSPs for use in smartphones, tablets, computers, digital televisions, home entertainment systems and other devices. The HiFi Audio/Voice DSP can run in ultra-low power mode to save battery life, waiting to detect sound based on Sensory’s Low Power Sound Detector, a feature of their TrulyHandsFree always-on voice control technology. 

“Cadence Tensilica HiFi Audio/Voice DSPs are the de facto standard, with the most extensive selection of optimized and robust audio and voice software packages, and the best software tools support with C-based programming,” said Chuting Su, vice president of computer peripherals business unit, Realtek. “Standardizing on HiFi for our future mobile and PC products lets us meet our customers’ demanding low-power requirements for a wide range of performance, and Sensory’s software will help us create a platform for unique voice trigger and recognition capabilities.” 

“By using the combined Tensilica/Sensory hardware/software solution, Realtek will be able to provide its customers with voice recognition capabilities that lead the market,” said Jack Guedj, corporate vice president, IP Group, Cadence. “Low-power always-on voice recognition is a key competitive differentiator in mobile devices.”

About Cadence
Cadence (NASDAQ: CDNS) 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. More information about the company, its products, and services is available  here.



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