picoTurbo Introduces Enhanced Version of the pT-110 Microprocessor Core
The pT-110-Ax Core Adds New Features Including Instruction and Data Scratch-pad Memory
Grenoble, France, -- December 14, 2000 – picoTurbo,Ô Inc., a premier developer of 16/32-bit RISC microprocessor cores for embedded applications, announced today at the IP-based Design 2000 Show the pT-110-Ax core, an enhanced version of the pT-110 32-bit microprocessor core. The Ax version has a new feature set, providing high system performance with instruction and data scratch-pads, instruction pre-fetch, cache lock for critical real-time operations, programmable write-back and write-through, co-processor interface and AMBAÔ bus; enhancing its capabilities and performance over the pT-110 core.
The instruction scratch pad allows the microprocessor to store important sub-routines in local memory, which can feed instructions very quickly to the microprocessor engine without memory penalties and latency of external memory. The data scratch pad also keeps important data close to the engine. These two features are excellent for embedded applications as they enable optimal instruction/data access for critical sub-routines and data storage.
"picoTurbo continues to enhance its product lines by introducing new microprocessor cores tailored for applications which require high performance with low power consumption," stated Bruno Kajiyama, Vice President of Marketing. "The newly enhanced pT-110-Ax core is the latest member of picoTurbo's expanding core family, bringing a new level of functionality and performance with low power and reduced cost to embedded markets."
A co-processor interface allows customers to add a hardware engine to accelerate algorithms or for data processing. As is true of all picoTurbo cores, the pT-110-Ax core
has the ability to execute ARMÒ (version 4T) instructions. Performance is estimated to be 300 MHz under typical process conditions, using 0.7 milliwatts power per MHz, in a 1.9 mm2 die in 0.18um process technology. The pT-110-Ax core also includes full scan with test coverage up to 97.8%. All picoTurbo microprocessor cores are offered in multiple formats and fully tested in silicon.
picoTurbo is a premier provider of 16/32-bit RISC microprocessor cores able to execute ARMÒ (version 4T) instructions for wireless, portable, digital consumer and networking devices. picoTurbo's flexible business model delivers high-performance, cost-effective, low-power microprocessor IP to SOC designers. picoTurbo is headquartered in Silicon Valley CA, USA, with an additional design center in Taiwan and distributors in the US, Canada, UK, Israel and Taiwan. For more information on picoTurbo, please visit the web site at <www.picoturbo.com> or call company headquarters at 408-586-8801, fax 408-586-8802 or send an email to <email@example.com>.
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