Hard cores boast best price performance
Faraday Technology Corp has implemented the ARM926EJ-S hard core in UMC's 0.13um process.
Faraday Technology Corp has implemented the ARM926EJ-S hard core in UMC's 0.13um process It features ultrasmall size of 3.4mm2 (16 and 16Kbyte I and D caches) and extremely low power consumption with high performance which could reach 300MHz
Faraday also provides companion peripheral IPs, development platform for ARM926EJ-S to fulfil the market needs and accelerate the customer's design cycle.
The hard core of ARM926EJ-S in UMC 0.13um is available now, and a 90nm version will be ready in Q2 2007.
Announced in 1998, the ARM9 architecture has become the most widely used CPU cores for system-on-chip (SoC) solutions ranging from cellphones, PDAs, digital cameras, to audio/video platforms.
The ARM926 EJ-S makes several important enhancements, and among other things makes it possible for multiple ARM926 CPUs to work in a single system.
As application software sophistication continues, the die size, performance, and power consumption becomes the biggest differentiations.
And Faraday now has the most competitive ARM926 EJ-S around.
"In the sea of me-too ARM926 EJ-S implementations, Faraday has now delivered the most competitive one", said Charlie Cheng, Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at Faraday.
"I am proud to deliver this solution to our customers, as their dual-core SoC chips will benefit both from high clock speed as well as small die size".
Design implementation always plays an important role in Faraday's ASIC business flow.
Based on well versed synthesis skill, physical design and verification expertise, Faraday achieved the optimised performance, area and power consumption ARM926EJ-S hard core and successfully delivered it in a very short period.
Just as one example, Faraday is able to customise the development of cache memory, a critical factor in any microprocessor performance.
As a result, the Faraday's ARM926 EJ-S is only 3.4mm2 in size, and over 300MHz in speed, compared with published TSMC offering, which is over 5mm2 in size, and merely 240MHz in speed.
"As one of the largest IP and ASIC design service companies in Asia, Faraday is experienced in library design, process technology, and backend integration, which are key factors for our provision of the most competitive ARM926EJ-S hard cores with the best price performance ratio", said HS Wang, Vice President of IP Development.
"The competitive hard cores in 0.13um implemented by Faraday's proprietary libraries demonstrate our superior physical implementation capabilities".
The hard ARM926EJ-S cores in UMC's 0.13um process are available now, and the 90nm hard cores will be ready in Q2 2007.
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