Seventh-Generation Vision DSPs for Imaging, Computer Vision, and AI

The Cadence® Tensilica® Vision Q8 DSP delivers up to 3.84 tera operations per second (TOPS) and is the first 1024-bit SIMD DSP from Cadence. To address the increasing computational requirements for embedded vision and AI applications, the seventh-generation Vision Q8 DSP provides up to 2X greater AI and floating-point performance compared to the Vision Q7 DSP.

Vision Q8

Key Benefits

Area and Power Optimized

1024-bit SIMD with higher energy efficiency compare to the sixth generation Vision Q7 DSP

Vision/Image Processing

Instructions set optimized for computer vision and image processing applications

High Performance

1024-bit SIMD offers the highest performance among the Vision DSP family and >2TOPS AI performance for object detection, image classification, and image segmentation


  • 2048/1024b Load/Store capabilities
  • 1024 8-bit MAC: 2X MAC capability versus Vision Q7 DSP
  • 8/16/32-bit fixed-point processing
  • Double-precision (FP64), single-precision (FP32), and half-precision (FP16) floating-point processing
  • Complex floating-point support
  • Acceleration for FFT
  • Acceleration for simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM)
  • 4-channel iDMA
  • User-defined instructions support
  • Built on NX Xtensa® processor offering up to 1.5X frequency compared to Vision P6 DSP
  • ISO 26262 ready for automotive market


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