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mimoOn and Tensilica Offer Complete LTE PHY Reference Platform for User Equipment and eNodeB PHY at Mobile World Congress 2012

(February 14, 2012)

DUISBURG, GERMANY and SANTA CLARA, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/14/12 -- Tensilica®, Inc. and mimoOn today announced the companies will showcase a mutually developed demonstration of a low power, high-performance LTE User Equipment and eNodeB PHY with real-time downlink and uplink traffic at the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2012 event. The efficient software programmable radio demo is built on Tensilica's Atlas LTE reference platform implementing the flagship ConnX BBE16 DSP (digital signal processor) and Tensilica Dataplane Processors (DPUs). It utilizes mimoOn's mi!MobilePHY™ software for LTE handsets and their LTE Intermediate Library, which has now been ported to Tensilica's ConnX DPUs. The demonstration is software upgradable so it can also support HSPA+ and WiMAX.

Tensilica will show the demo in Booth 1F39 in Hall 1 and mimoOn will show the demo in Pavilion AV109 on the Avenue at the Mobile World Congress, February 27-March 1, in Barcelona, Spain.

mimoOn's mi!MobilePHY software implements a 3GPP release 8 FDD and TDD fully compliant LTE PHY for terminals. Optimized for low memory, processing power and power consumption, it utilizes innovative algorithms such as advanced MIMO detectors. Complementing mimoOn's terminal solution are portable, high performance eNodeB PHY and protocol stack products.

The Tensilica-based Atlas hardware LTE Reference Platform incorporates all of the required functionality to build an efficient software programmable radio with no need for additional external hardware blocks. It employs Tensilica's ConnX BBE16 DSP coupled with the ConnX SSP16, ConnX BSP3 and ConnX Turbo16MS DPUs for efficient offload programmable acceleration.

"We were able to test our complete LTE software solution and prove that Tensilica's hardware has sufficient processing capability to handle all of the requirements of this demanding application," stated Brian Meads, mimoOn's vice president of marketing. "Through the three years we have been working with Tensilica, they have been able to further optimize their cores to provide an even smaller power/area footprint."

"mimoOn is the leading merchant LTE software company and their expertise has greatly helped us develop the most efficient LTE hardware through our ability to automatically generate optimized cores. Now, with well-tuned hardware and software, our customers can quickly and easily develop their programmable LTE modems," stated Eric Dewannain, Tensilica's vice president and general manager, baseband business unit. "Working together, we have been able to create a highly optimized software and hardware solution for LTE."

About mimoOn
mimoOn GmbH, headquartered in Duisburg, Germany, is a leading licensor of LTE Software IP for mobile devices & wireless infrastructure. mimoOn's portfolio of products includes Physical Layer (PHY) and Protocol Stack (L2/L3) for mobile terminals, small cells (Pico/Femto) and IP development in the areas of advanced PHY algorithms on multi-core SDR platforms, SON, schedulers and radio resource management. mimoOn provides a complete porting, optimization and verification service, as well as a roadmap to future 3GPP releases. For more information, please visit

About Tensilica
Tensilica, Inc. is the leader in dataplane processor IP cores. Dataplane processors (DPUs) combine the best capabilities of DSPs and CPUs while delivering 10 to 100x the performance because they can be optimized using Tensilica's automated design tools to meet specific and demanding signal processing performance targets. Tensilica's DPUs power SOC designs at system OEMs and seven out of the top 10 semiconductor companies for designs in mobile wireless, telecom and network infrastructure, computing and storage, and home and auto entertainment. For more information on Tensilica's patented, benchmark-proven DPUs visit

Editors' Notes:

  • Tensilica and Xtensa are registered trademarks belonging to Tensilica, Inc. All other company and product names mentioned are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
  • Tensilica's announced licensees include: Afa Technologies, ALPS, Aquantia, Astute Networks, Atheros, AMD, Avision, Bay Microsystems, Brocade, Broadcom, Cavium, Chelsio, Cisco Systems, CMC Microsystems, Conexant Systems, Design Art Networks, EE Solutions, Epson, Fujitsu Ltd., Fujitsu Microelectronics, Huawei, iBiquity Digital, Ikanos Communications, Intel, Juniper Networks, LG Electronics, Lucid Information Technology, Marvell, Maxim, NEC Corporation, Nethra Imaging, Novatek, NuFront, NXP, Olympus Optical Co. Ltd., Panasonic Mobile, Plato Networks, PnpNetwork Technologies, PowerLayer Microsystems, QLogic, Samsung, Shanghai High Definition Digital Technology Industrial Corporation SiBEAM, Sirius XM Radio, Sony, Stretch, TranSwitch Corporation, Triductor Technology, Valens Semiconductor, Validity Sensors, Victor Company of Japan (JVC), and Wolfson Microelectronics.

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