New Cadence Tensilica ConnX B20 DSP Boosts Performance by Up to 10X for Automotive Radar/Lidar and Up to 30X for 5G Communications

Deeper pipeline and significant instruction-set enhancements deliver higher performance with low energy

Based on a deeper processor pipeline architecture, the ConnX B20 DSP provides a faster and more power-efficient solution for the automotive and 5G communications markets, including next-generation radar, lidar, vehicle-to- everything (V2X), user equipment (UE)/infrastructure and IoT applications. With an enhanced instruction set architecture (ISA) and clock-speed increase, the ConnX B20 DSP processes parts of the communication processing chain up to 30X faster and parts of the radar/lidar processing chain up to 10X faster compared to the popular Tensilica ConnX BBE32EP DSP. Further expanding the ConnX family, Cadence has introduced the ConnX B10 DSP, which delivers half the vector width of the ConnX B20 DSP for applications requiring less parallelism. For more information, visit


Both the trend toward higher resolution imaging radar with more antennas for autonomous driving applications and the emergence of 5G mobile equipment and infrastructure demand significantly more processing power. In addition,

consumer/industrial radar, automotive V2X and 5G IoT applications all require low-energy processing solutions. With the addition of the ConnX B20 and B10 DSPs, the ConnX family excels at meeting the demands for higher performance and low energy consumption.

Software compatible with the rest of the ConnX DSP family (the ConnX BBE16/32/64EP), the ConnX B20 DSP has a 512-bit vector width up to 128 MACs, can load 1024 bits of data each cycle and achieves 1.4GHz or greater frequency in 16nm process technology. This extends the ConnX family to serve an even broader range of performance. Customers have a variety of algorithm acceleration options to reduce cycle counts, including higher precision with either 32-bit fixed-point operations (including operations to optimize MAC, FFT and FIR) with native complex support, or single-/half-precision vector floating-point (VFPU) operations with half precision at 2X the single-precision throughput. This flexibility allows customers to choose higher precision only when needed. In addition, an extended VFPU option enables support for complex floating-point operations and doubles the real floating-point operations at the same vector width typically used in the front end of the radar processing chain. The communications option accelerates forward-error correction (FEC) in lower bit-rate communication applications seeking software-defined radio solutions.

The ConnX B20 DSP’s native 32-bit support option and higher clock speed deliver up to 10X faster performance for parts of the radar/lidar processing chain compared to the popular ConnX BBE32EP DSP used today. With the clock speed increase and FEC acceleration option, the ConnX B20 DSP is also up to 30X faster for parts of the communication processing chain compared to the ConnX BBE32EP DSP.

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KNX-RF Switch Module at Power Days A

adence Design Systems, Inc. today announced the Cadence® Tensilica® ConnX B20 DSP IP, the highest-performing DSP in the popular ConnX family.

uerbach. ZF Friedrichshafen AG’s distribution partner, Siblik, will be exhibiting the world’s first

batteryfree, wireless light switch module based on KNX-RF technology at this year’s Power Days show. Taking place at Messezentrum in Salzburg from 13th- 15th March 2019, the exhibition is an information hub for electrical, lighting, and home and building technology.

The module can be used as a light switch, with or without dimming function, and as a shutter switch. The wireless and batteryfree features of the switch mean it is versatile and easy to integrate, allowing significant flexibility during the planning stages.

Already in full production, the wireless light switch module comes ready to install and is configurable via ETS (from ETS5). It is compatible with standard frames and panels for energy harvesting light switch modules, and can also be combined with customer- specific designs and control panels.

The actuation of the unit produces enough electrical

energy to transmit a complete KNX-RF protocol in S-mode directly to any KNX-receiver. A low actuation force and low operational noise are additional key benefits of the module.

Siblik Elektrik are operating throughout Austria with headquarters in Vienna. Well-known domestic and international manufacturers of the electric and building technology sector are closely affiliated with Siblik, and have been represented exclusively in Austria for decades. Siblik is a partner of ZF Friedrichshafen AG and proudly presents it’s KNX-RF light switch module.

Further information on the energy harvesting RF switches can be found on the website of ZF - www.switches-

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