Today’s applications processors are not equipped to handle the complex embedded imaging and vision digital signal processing functions needed in the mobile handsets, drone, automotive, robotics, surveillance, and augmented reality (AR) / virtual reality (VR) markets. The Cadence® Tensilica® Vision DSP family offers a much-needed breakthrough in terms of energy efficiency and performance that enables applications never before possible in a programmable device.

Key Benefits

Offload the Host CPU for Intensive Vision and AI Apps

Provides an imaging and vision-specific programmable solution that is an ideal complement to the host CPU/GPU for running the imaging and vision functions

Scalable for small and big workloads

Covers the wide range of markets addressing machine learning workloads, from low to very high compute (TOPS) depending on use cases

Programmable and Customizable

Synthesizable processors with the configurability and extensibility that users have come to value from Cadence

Target Markets

  • AR/VR Headsets
  • Automotive
  • Mobile
  • Drones and Robots
  • Surveillance Cameras


  • 5-way VLIW SIMD machine
  • 8/16/32 bit fixed-point processing
  • Data-level parallelism with SIMD MACs: 8x8, 8x16, 16x16
  • Up to 1024 (8x8) MACs
  • Half-precision floating-point unit (FP16)
  • Single-precision floating-point unit (FP32)
  • Double-precision floating-point unit (FP64)
  • Complex floating-point support (FP16,FP32, FP64)
  • Optional accelerators for SLAM
  • User-defined instructions support
  • Integrated DMA
  • ISO 26262 Compliant: Certified as ASIL-compliant and equipped with both hardware and software safety mechanisms

Libraries, Software, and Third-Party Support

Extensive Computer Vision Functions

The highly optimized Xtensa® imaging library provides an OpenCV-like interface and support for over 1700 functions on the Vision family of DSPs

Support for the Latest AI Networks

Supporting ONNX and GLOW allows the Vision DSPs to be on the cutting edge of evolving AI development.

Rich Third-Party Application Software Support

Cadence supports a very rich set of third-party applications targeting the Vision DSP family, which are ported and optimized on our DSPs for fast time to market

See our list on our Partners page

Comprehensive Framework Support

Migrate existing codebases to the Vision DSPs by using OpenVX, OpenCL, and Halide frameworks


Cadence, through its Tensilica processor IP, brings together best-in-class products and services from industry leaders to help you accelerate the development of your SoC designs while meeting your demanding power and performance requirements. Browse the list of Tensilica processor IP service partners below.


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