SOURCE: Tensilica


March 16, 2010 08:13 ET

Tensilica CTO Chris Rowen Selected as Speaker at Anniversary Meeting of Santa Clara Valley's Solid State Circuits Society

Will Discuss New Generation of DSP Engines and Building Blocks

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - March 16, 2010) - Chris Rowen, Tensilica founder and chief technology officer, will discuss the challenges of Cat4 and Cat5 LTE baseband implementation and explore the range of design styles, processors, building blocks, virtual prototyping and system-on-chip silicon implementation methods for real world LTE chips at the Santa Clara Valley SSCS (Solid State Circuits Society) Chapter Anniversary Meeting on Thursday, March 18. He will discuss a pragmatic design style based on a new generation of automatically generated DSP engines and building blocks that can handle the development complexity and computational load inside a very tight energy envelope.

What:  "Ultra-Low-Power Software-Defined Radio for LTE Wireless Baseband:
       an Embedded Systems Grand Challenge" presented by Chris Rowen,
       founder and CTO, Tensilica

When:  Thursday, March 18, 6:30 p.m.

Where: The SSCS meeting takes place at the National Semiconductor Building
       E Auditorium located at 2900 Semiconductor Drive in Santa Clara,
       Calif.  For more information, visit

About Chris Rowen, Ph.D.

Chris Rowen is founder, chief technology officer, member of the board of directors, and Tensilica's first president. He was a pioneer in the development of RISC architecture at Stanford in the early 80s and helped start MIPS Computer Systems, Inc. in 1984, where he served as Vice President for Microprocessor Development. Most recently, he was Vice President and General Manager of the Design Reuse Group of Synopsys, Inc. He received a B.A. in physics from Harvard University and M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

About SSCS

The SCV SSCS Chapter has the largest membership of any SSCS Chapter in the world with over 2000 members. 35 members are IEEE Fellows (11 are Life Fellows), 57 are IEEE Life members (8 are Senior Life members) and 132 are IEEE Senior Members. We hold 8-11 technical meetings every year. Our speakers are experts from industry, Professors or Ph.D. candidates from renowned educational institutions or IEEE Distinguished Lecturers. The emphasis in presentations is on practical IC design, device modeling and CAE tools. The lecture usually lasts more than one hour and is followed by discussions. The IEEE Santa Clara Valley Solid State Circuits Society Chapter was the first IEEE SSCS Chapter established in the world in 1997. Jonathan David conducted the petition drive and served as the first Chapter Chair. The web site is one of the most visited of all IEEE Chapter sites in the world.

About Tensilica

Tensilica, Inc. -- the leader in customizable dataplane processors -- is a semiconductor IP licensor recognized by the Gartner Group as the fastest growing semiconductor IP supplier in 2008. Dataplane Processor Units (DPUs) combine the best capabilities of CPUs and DSPs while delivering 10-to-100-times the performance because they can be customized using Tensilica's automated design tools to meet specific dataplane performance targets. Tensilica's DPUs power SOC designs at system OEMs and five out of the top 10 semiconductor companies for products including mobile phones, consumer electronics devices (including digital TV, Blu-ray Disc players, broadband set top boxes and portable media players), computers, and storage, networking and communications equipment. For more information on Tensilica's patented, benchmark-proven DPUs visit

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