ConnX DSPs offer the best combination of high performance, low power, and small area

The wide range of Cadence® Tensilica® ConnX DSPs offers the best combination of high performance, low power, and small area to meet your application needs. From small and low-power ConnX 110 DSP up to the super-high-performance ConnX B20, these DSPs are designed for applications that control sensors and antennas and process the data they handle. Go with the industry's lowest power, most compact, and best performing DSPs for applications including radar, lidar, 5G/4G/LTE-A, Bluetooth, smartgrid, 802.11 modems, etc. ConnX DSPs are certified for ISO 26262:2018 ASIL-compliant making them suitable for use in safety-critical applications as well.

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Key Benefits

ISO26262:2018 Compliant

ASIL-compliant certified and equipped with both hardware and software safety mechanisms


A wide selection of DSPs ranging from small and low power to high performance

Software Portability

Software-compatible DSP family, making migration and DSP scalability easy

Extensible and Configurable

Customizable instruction set promotes differentiation and performance enhancement


  • VLIW parallelism issuing multiple concurrent operations per cycle
  • Built-in accelerations for radar, lidar, and communications processing
  • Optimized for complex data processing
  • IEEE 754 vector floating-point support
  • High throughput fixed-point MAC and floating-point FMA operations
  • High data throughput and virtually unlimited bandwidth from customizable FIFO, GPIO, and lookup interfaces 
  • TIE for easy extension and further performance enhancement
  • Optimized libraries and application examples for easy software development


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