Morpho and Tensilica Partner for Image Processing Solutions for Mobile Devices

SANTA CLARA, Calif.  USA and TOKYO, Japan – February 12, 2013 –  Tensilica, Inc. and Morpho, Inc. today announced that they are partnering to port Morpho’s innovative mobile imaging software to Tensilica’s new IVP imaging DSP (digital signal processor). Morpho has been a Tensilica Xtensions partner for several years and will help support new joint customers with their extensive background in imaging algorithm development.

“Morpho has very strong expertise in image processing software and algorithms for camera-equipped mobile devices,” stated Jack Guedj, Tensilica’s president and CEO. “Many leading companies already use Morpho’s software, and should be interested in the performance and efficiency boost they’ll see in Morpho’s features ported to our IVP DSP.”

“Tensilica’s very efficient, low-power imaging DSP IP core is an excellent match for our imaging software,” stated Dr. Masaki Hiraga, president of Morpho. “We see strong interest in the market for enhanced imaging solutions and we look forward to working with Tensilica in this area.”

IVP is an imaging and video dataplane processor (DPU) that is ideal for the complex image, video and gesture recognition signal processing functions in mobile handsets, tablets, digital televisions (DTV), automotive, video games and computer vision. The IVP DSP has a unique instruction set tuned for imaging and video pixel processing that gives it an instruction throughput of over 16x the number of 16-bit pixel operations compared to that of the typical host CPU with single-issue vector instructions.  In addition to its raw instruction throughput advantage to host CPUs, the imaging specific compound instructions supported by IVP give it a higher peak performance of 10 to 20x and much higher energy efficiency.  IVP’s rich instruction set has more than 300 imaging, video and vision-oriented vector operations, each of which applies to 32 or more 16-bit pixels per cycle.

About Morpho, Inc.

Established in 2004, Morpho, Inc. has built substantial brand recognition in the field of software image processing for mobile devices. Customers utilizing Morpho, Inc.’s software technologies include carriers, processing platform providers and mobile device manufacturers making the company a global player in mobile imaging. For more information visit or contact  Email Contact.

About Tensilica

Tensilica, Inc. is the leader in dataplane processor IP cores, with over 200 licensees. 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. Tensilica offers standard cores and hardware/software solutions that can be used as is or easily customized by semiconductor companies and OEMs for added differentiation. For more information on Tensilica’s patented, benchmark-proven DPUs visit

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