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Product category: Intellectual Property Cores
News Release from: ARC International | Subject: Databahn
Edited by the Electronicstalk Editorial Team on 26 July 2002

Memory controller breaks bottleneck

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ARC International is to integrate Denali's Databahn high-performance memory controller core with the ARCtangent series of microprocessor cores

As a result of this integration, customers will be able to configure a custom ARCtangent processor core to include support for synchronous memory technologies such as SDRAM and DDR-SDRAM. Databahn is the industry's first configurable memory controller core solution. Targeted at high-bandwidth applications, Databahn supports all high-speed memory technologies including DDR-SDRAM, FCRAM, and RLDRAM.

A web-based interface enables designers to configure the Databahn cores for application-specific performance, then automatically generate the synthesisable memory controller and related integration materials.

To ensure compatibility with all the latest memory components, Databahn's online configuration process is tightly integrated with a database of more than 4000 memory components.

The ARCtangent microprocessor core is a 32bit user-customisable RISC/DSP architecture.

Unlike almost all other processor architectures, it allows the chip designer to build a custom microprocessor with easy-to-use tools.

Predefined instructions and features cut much of the development work, producing a much faster route to market.

"We selected Denali as a strategic partner because of their philosophy toward user configurability", said Mike Gulett, president and CEO of ARC International.

"The integration of Databahn with the ARCtangent series allows our customers to reduce the number of IP suppliers, reduce time-to-market, reduce costs and reduce risk".

"Processing power and memory bandwidth are arguably the two most important elements of SoC design today", said Sanjay Srivastava, CEO of Denali Software.

"ARC has the leading solution for configurable processing.

Now, by pairing the ARCtangent-A5 with Databahn, they can solve the memory bottleneck with all the configurability necessary for high bandwidth applications".

This partnership is consistent with ARC's pledge to make it easier for customers to get to volume faster by dealing with fewer IP suppliers.

Relationships like this demonstrates the commitment of ARC International to provide its partners with the tools necessary to meet their market objectives, and to effectively extend the market reach of both companies.

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