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Product category: Intellectual Property Cores
News Release from: ARC International
Edited by the Electronicstalk Editorial Team on 3 May 2002

Telecomms benchmarks put ARC on top

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ARC International has released the results of the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC) telecomms benchmark tests on its ARCtangent-A4 processor

EEMBC's telecomms benchmark suite measures the speed at which processors handle such tasks as auto correlation (AC), convolution encoding (CE), bit allocation (BA), fast Fourier transform (FFT) and Viterbi decoding (ACS64). The results show that the optimised ARCtangent-A4 was more than 9% faster than its nearest competitor.

EEMBC benchmarks allow two sets of data to be presented for each benchmark: 'out of the box', meaning compiled C with no code modifications allowed, and 'full fury', where any optimisation that can be done by a developer/customer is allowed, so long as the fundamental benchmark is still performed.

Optimised scores for the ARCtangent-A4 showed a 40x improvement over its out-of-the-box scores.

"Telecomms applications are an example of where a high performance processor like the DSP-enabled ARCtangent-A4 can be used to great effect", said Farzad Zarrinfar, senior vice-president marketing and business development, ARC International.

"We are making the results of our benchmarked scores available to show that the performance numbers can be reproduced by the customer.

Additionally, if you look at the amount of code involved in optimising the core, the ARCtangent-A4 wins hands down against the competition.

These results demonstrate that the ARCtangent processor is ideal for high performance applications like telecomms".

"The EEMBC scores for the ARCtangent-A4 provide further testimony to the advantages of configurable architectures, and demonstrate in particular how these architectures allow users to fine-tune a processor's performance for real-world applications", said Markus Levy, EEMBC president.

"By using an industry-standard method to prove this capability, ARC has made the case for configurable architectures with a high level of credibility".

Complete benchmark data on all EEMBC certified processors may be obtained by visiting the EEMBC website, www.eembc.org.

Specific information about the ARCtangent products can be obtained from the ARC website.

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