Edinburgh -- March 20th, 2008
-- Spiral Gateway Ltd., the Edinburgh based semiconductor company, announces fully functional and validated samples of its RICA test chip; the Reconfigurable Instruction Cell Array (RICA) technology is targeted to meet the demands of image signal processing in the next generation of mobile phones. It has received fully working samples of its test chip back, demonstrating the RICA array and successfully proving the concepts of the underlying technology, including full dynamic reconfigurability and multiple application capability. This represents a major step in bringing the RICA technology to market.
The chip was developed and manufactured in partnership with the University of Edinburgh. This partnership allowed the company access to leading technologists, tool flows and fabrication partners in a seamless way.
The company is working on products for the Image Signal Processing market in mobile phones. Existing solutions in this market are either hardwired ASIC devices or software programmable DSP cores. The market is demanding the real time performance levels of hardwired ASIC solutions but with the full programmable flexibility of the software approach and Spiral Gateway’s technology is ideally positioned to meet this need.
Commenting, Chief Executive Officer of Spiral Gateway, Graham Townsend, said, “We are pleased to have demonstrated the underlying RICA technology and show it operating in real time. This gives us great confidence of delivering a disruptive solution to the ISP market with first full product prototypes later this year.”
Tom Higgison from the University’s commercialisation company ERI added, “This is a superb achievement by Spiral Gateway, providing further validation of the University of Edinburgh’s leading edge research. We are committed to providing a solid technology base and world class facilities and promoting the growth of Scotland’s most innovative companies.”About Spiral Gateway Ltd.
Spiral Gateway is developing Image Signal Processing chips for the mobile phone market. The company was incorporated in 2004 and is a spin-out from the University of Edinburgh. It is backed by a consortium of investors led by Braveheart Investment Group plc., the commercialisation and investment management company.