ArcSoft and Cadence Partner to Develop AI and Vision Applications

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) and ArcSoft, the global
leader in imaging intelligence technology, today announced they have
partnered to develop AI and vision applications for Cadence®
Tensilica® Vision DSPs. ArcSoft has collaborated with Cadence
to port beauty shot, high dynamic range (HDR), bokeh and facial unlock
applications to the Vision P6 DSP. The joint solution has been designed
into an applications processor from a leading global provider and is now
shipping in smartphones.

Intelligent edge devices and smartphones today demand a wide array of
image-processing and AI-based functionality. Advanced vision and AI
techniques allow the use of a single camera for bokeh, which translates
into lower power and cost. The lower power consumption on the Vision P6
DSP enables the bokeh effect to run in real time during live preview and
capture. Facial unlock requires faster response time at lower power, and
ArcSoft’s facial recognition algorithms are built for high efficiency,
low power consumption and high accuracy. ArcSoft HDR technology works in
a variety of lighting conditions and intelligently adjusts and boosts
brightness in underexposed areas while restoring details in overexposed
areas. These applications lend themselves well to processing on the
low-power, high-performance and highly programmable Vision P6 DSP.

“We needed a very high-performance vision and AI DSP to accelerate our
beauty shot, HDR, bokeh and facial unlock applications. Cadence DSPs
come with excellent software tools and a comprehensive vision and AI
library which allowed us to increase the performance of our HDR
algorithm by 6X compared to CPUs,” said Frison Xu, marketing VP at
ArcSoft. “Cadence’s low-power, high-performance Vision P6 DSP is an
ideal DSP for porting our vision and AI applications.”

“The combination of Cadence’s vision and AI DSP and ArcSoft’s software
technology make on-device vision and AI experiences possible on today’s
mobile platforms. Cadence is pleased to collaborate with ArcSoft to
enable our joint customers to deploy compelling on-device AI
experiences,” said Pulin Desai, product marketing director, Tensilica
Vision DSP product line at Cadence.

The Vision P6 DSP has been designed into application processors from two
of the top five mobile application processor vendors. Based on the
Cadence Tensilica Xtensa® architecture, the Vision P6 DSP
combines flexible hardware options with an extensive library of
vision/imaging DSP functions and numerous vision/imaging applications
from established ecosystem partners. The Vision P6 DSP supports AI
applications developed in the Caffe, TensorFlow and TensorFlowLite
frameworks through the Tensilica Xtensa Neural Network Compiler. The
Vision P6 DSP also supports the Android Neural Network API for on-device
AI acceleration in Android-powered devices. The software environment
also includes complete, optimized support for more than 1,500
OpenCV-based vision and OpenVX™ 1.1 library functions.
Rounding out the Tensilica Vision DSP family are the Vision Q6 DSP for
vision and AI, which is well suited for high-performance systems and
applications with its 384GMAC/sec peak performance; the Vision C5 DSP, a
complete, standalone DSP for neural networks that has 1TMAC/sec
computational capacity; and the vision-optimized Vision P5 DSP.

About Cadence

Cadence enables electronic systems and semiconductor companies to create
the innovative end products that are transforming the way people live,
work and play. Cadence software, hardware and semiconductor IP are used
by customers to deliver products to market faster. The company’s System
Design Enablement strategy helps customers develop differentiated
products—from chips to boards to systems—in mobile, consumer, cloud
datacenter, automotive, aerospace, IoT, industrial and other market
segments. Cadence is listed as one of Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best
Companies to Work For. Learn more at

About ArcSoft

ArcSoft is the global leader in imaging intelligence technology. In our
20th year, our world-class Intelligent Imaging™ enables visual
‘thinking’ capabilities in more than 1.5 billion of today’s most popular
smartphones. We’re the creative team behind Perfect365®, the
world’s most popular FREE makeup app, and simplicam® powered
by Closeli®, the first and only Wi-Fi video solution with
face recognition who can tell you who is there. We also provide imaging
solutions to our device partners in computers, digital cameras, the
hottest wearables, TVs, home appliances and cloud storage. For more
information, visit

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