Tensilica announced the Xtensa 8 customizable processor. The Xtensa 8 low-power dataplane processor core (DPU) starts at a size of only 15,000 gates, consuming less than 0.05mm squared in 40nm process technology. It is one of the smallest licensable controller cores on the market. With power dissipation starting at only 12 µW/MHz, it is also one of the lowest power licensable 32-bit architectures. The Xtensa 8 customizable processor will be available later this month.