Differentiated hardware tailored to the application requirements is absolutely essential to achieve optimal performance and energy efficiency. Customers can quickly create differentiated, domain-specific processors for their application needs with the help of Cadence® Tensilica® IP’s proven technology, including Tensilica Xtensa® extensible processors, a broad range of high-performance application-specific DSPs, a comprehensive development toolchain, and unparalleled support.

Key Benefits

Rapid Architectural Exploration

Quickly and easily explore hardware and software tradeoffs while integrating Xtensa products into your SoC

Fully Automated Processor Development

Automatically generate processor extensions and matching software tools using the Tensilica Instruction Extension (TIE) language

Domain-Specific DSPs and Purpose-Built Processors

Enable hardware and software designers to create differentiated domain-specific solutions

Product Families

Choose from a broad portfolio of pre-defined DSPs and purpose-built processors for different market segments or start with our versatile Xtensa extensible processor platform


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.


Functional Safety for Automotive

Cadence is committed to enabling Functional Safety applications across the Tensilica processor lineup, whether it's an off-the-shelf processor/DSP IP or a custom domain-specific processor for a specific application

Learn More

Tensilica Processor Technology

Differentiate, reduce time to market, add flexibility, and get the best performance, power, and area

Learn More


Customize your DSPs/processors for optimized performance, energy efficiency, and differentiation

Learn More

Development Toolchain

Create a perfect match for your application, guaranteed correct by construction

Learn More


Cadence is committed to keeping design teams highly productive with a range of support offerings and processes designed to keep users focused on reducing time to market and achieving silicon success.

Free Software Evaluation

Try our SDK Software Development Toolkit for 15 days absolutely free. We want to show you how easy it is to use our Eclipse-based IDE.

Apply Now


Our hands-on training has been demonstrated to dramatically speed up the understanding of Tensilica tools and best use of the products.

Browse Catalog

Online Support

Get 24x7 online access to a knowledgebase of the latest articles and technical documentation. (Login Required)

Access Now

Xtensa Processor Generator (XPG)

The Xtensa Processor Generator (XPG) is the heart of our technology - the patented cloud-based system that creates your correct-by-construction processor and all associated software, models, etc. (Login Required)

Launch XPG