Tensilica addresses the growing need for optimized, application-specific microprocessor solutions in high-volume embedded applications. With a configurable and extensible microprocessor core called Xtensa, Tensilica is the only company that has automated the time-consuming process of generating a customized microprocessor core along with a complete software development tool environment, producing new configurations in a matter of hours. Xtensa is a unique processor architecture designed exclusively for high volume, embedded applications. Designers can use the Xtensa Processor Generator – accessed via secure internet connection or on-site customer installation – to scale, configure and extend a powerful family of core processors and add memories, closely-coupled peripherals and special functions while doing concurrent, optimized, software development and testing. A complete GNU-based software development environment is created with each new processor configuration. The precision, flexibility and speed of implementation of Xtensa-based solutions enable substantial performance improvements, rapid migration to new silicon technologies, quick integration of new features, and significant cost reductions.