Tensilica FloatingPoint DSPs with Superior Performance and Operational Throughput

Cadence® Tensilica® FloatingPoint KQ7 and KQ8 DSPs provide one of the highest computational horsepower for floating-point processing with highly optimal area and power budgets. The high-performing Tensilica FloatingPoint DSPs deliver hundreds of GFLOPs, making them suitable to offload compute intensive floating-point processing. Tensilica FloatingPoint KQ7 and KQ8 DSPs are optimized for applications such as high-performance computing (HPC), hyperscaler, AI/ML, smart sensors, sensor fusion, motor control, ADAS, autonomous driving, etc.


FloatingPoint KQ7/KQ8 DSPs
FloatingPoint KQ7/KQ8 DSPs

Key Benefits

Performance, Power, and Area

DSPs with exceptional PPA specifically designed for floating-point-centric processing

Ultra-High Performance

Up to 1024-bit SIMD with performance-optimized FMA and other performance-enhancing features


ISA consistent with ultra-low energy and small Tensilica FloatingPoint KP1/KP6 DSPs

Software Portability

Common floating-point ISA promotes easy software migration between DSPs

Extensible and Configurable

Customizable instruction set promotes differentiation and performance enhancement


  • VLIW parallelism issuing multiple concurrent operations per cycle
  • 512-bit and 1024-bit SIMD
  • IEEE 754 vector floating-point (HP, SP, DP)
  • Performance-optimized fused multiply-add (FMA)
  • 8b/16b/32b/64b integer ALU operations
  • Optimized for FFT operations
  • Enhanced complex data processing
  • Superior auto vectorization support
  • TIE for easy extension and further performance enhancement
  • Optimized Eigen, NatureDSP, Math, and SLAM libraries for easy software development


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