RTL Drop-In Replacements Use Existing Software and Test SuitesAUSTIN, TX -- May 9, 2007
-- Intrinsity today announced RTL and ISA FastCore(TM) embedded processor cores that yield two to four times the performance of ARM, MIPS and PowerPC cores than those implemented using ordinary synthesized static logic, using the same process. Built using Intrinsity's proprietary Fast14® technology, RTL FastCore embedded cores are cycle-accurate, drop-in replacements that double the performance of existing embedded processor cores, while preserving the same application software and test infrastructure as the original core and occupying approximately the same silicon area.
According to Bob Russo, Intrinsity CEO, "The processing requirements for gaming, networking, storage and other high-speed embedded applications are growing much faster than the performance increases afforded by scaling process technology. Throughput demands are outstripping the performance of processors built using only static logic.
"Intrinsity's RTL FastCore embedded cores are the only practical, cost-effective solution to this problem. They do not require the massive software and test suite redevelopment that hinders multi-core solutions. And, they do not require the large license fee increases associated with going to a larger and more complex core architecture. They are cycle-accurate, drop-in replacements that, with Intrinsity's FastRAM(TM) high-speed memories, occupy roughly the same silicon area as the original static logic core and memories, and execute the same application software and test suites. They are the obvious solution to today's performance limitations."
Available to core licensees and primary owners. Intrinsity's RTL FastCore embedded cores are available to existing core licensees and do not require the licensing of new core architectures. Core vendors may also add FastCore implementations to their regular IP catalogs. Intrinsity charges a nominal NRE fee and an incremental royalty on sales of FastCore-based processors. FastCore costs are typically lower than the cost of a new license, and are also lower than the multiple royalties needed for many multicore implementations.
Product roadmap. Intrinsity currently has both RTL and ISA FastCore embedded cores in development, the first versions of which it expects to announce during the second quarter of 2007. Subsequent cores will be announced as they near completion.