Audio, Voice, and Speech Processing Couldn’t Be Easier 

Looking for the best quality audio, voice, and/or speech processing core for your next design? With all the software already ported for immediate deployment? With the largest selection of audio DSPs, software packages, and ecosystem of partners, adding audio to your next SoC couldn’t be easier. Make the choice that more than 150 licensees have already made—select Cadence® Tensilica® HiFi DSPs for all your audio-, voice-, and speech-processing requirements.

Accelerating Machine Learning Applications on HiFi

In addition to traditional DSP workloads, the Tensilica HiFi DSP is increasingly being tasked with running machine learning applications. The machine learning functions in the world of audio include wake word detection, audio scene detection, speech recognition, and noise reduction. In order to reduce the time to market for these neural network (NN) tasks, the HiFi DSP software offering has been expanded to include new optimized libraries.

Machine learning applications must be energy and memory efficient to be deployed broadly in Tensilica HiFi DSP-based systems. The HiFi DSPs' support for TensorFlow Lite for Microcontrollers allows for timely development of these inference-at-the-edge solutions for resource-constrained embedded systems. The Tensilica HiFi DSPs' optimized libraries ensure optimal performance.


Largest Partner Ecosystem with Expansive Range of Audio Software

Cadence has your audio software needs covered with over 150 partners in its comprehensive audio ecosystem. These companies range from industry giants like Dolby and DTS to smaller companies providing innovative sensor fusion, always-on, sound-enhancement, and noise-reduction software. 

We have more than 300 audio, voice, speech recognition, and voice enhancement software packages already ported to the HiFi DSP architecture. This means you can get up and running very quickly, and can easily port your own proprietary software, completely in C, while also maintaining or surpassing the performance of assembly on other DSPs.

Key Benefits

Market Leadership

Tensilica HiFi DSPs are widely adopted by OEMs worldwide, with billions of HiFi DSP cores embedded in a vast array of products

Optimal Performance, Energy, and Area

Tensilica HiFi DSPs provide high performance for high quality, feature-rich products, and energy efficiency for always-on use cases, and their compact footprint allows SoCs to achieve application scalability by integrating multiple HiFi DSP cores

Extensible Instruction Set

Based on the Xtensa® architecture, Tensilica HiFi DSPs are often customized and extended by our customers to accelerate their applications

Neural Network

Tensilica HiFi DSPs accelerate neural network inferencing in addition to traditional DSP workloads, and migrating NN workloads to HiFi DSPs is made easy by the support for the industry-standard TFLM framework

Software Libraries

Tensilica HiFi DSPs come with a vast array of optimized, field-proven, easy-to-integrate software libraries for DSP and neural network functions as well as codecs for music playback and voice communication

Ecosystem of 150+ Partners

OEMs can offer product differentiation and accelerate time to market with innovative, ready-to-deploy speech/voice and audio applications from our partners

Target Markets

  • Smart Speakers
  • Smart Home
  • Hearables
  • Wearables
  • Mobile
  • PCs/Tablets
  • IoT
  • TV/STB/Soundbar​
  • Automotive
  • AR/VR
  • Gaming


  • The Tensilica HiFi DSP family packs 2 to 5 concurrent DSP and load/store operations per instruction to achieve very high performance
  • SIMD MACs process multiple data per instruction with resolutions of 16x16, 24x24,16x32, and 32x32, and for ML applications, HiFi DSPs include SIMD NN MACs in 8x8 and 8x16 resolutions
  • Customers have the option to include a Scalar VLIW FPU (SFPU) or a One/Two 2-way/4-way SIMD Vector FPU (VFPU)
  • Tensilica HiFi DSPs include acceleration for ITU Intrinsics, bitstream/VLD decoding, and Circular Buffer management; audio codecs leverage these facilities to run with high efficiency
  • The SDK and toolchain make it easy for customers to design their own instructions to extend Tensilica HiFi DSPs' ISA to further raise the performance of their target applications


HiFi Nature DSP Library

Optimized math libraries to simplify programming/porting DSP algorithms

HiFi NN Library

Highly optimized functions commonly used in speech NN processing

Cadence Optimized Codecs

Most comprehensive set of audio/speech codecs in the industry


Software framework to offload and manage audio/voice/NN processing to DSP

TensorFlow Lite Micro

ML Framework


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