Hsinchu, Taiwan. -- July 29, 2010 -- Innopower Technology Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Faraday Technology Corp. (TAIEX:3035), today announced the achievement of its high-speed cell library (UHS-Lib) and SRAM (UHS-SRAM) to accelerate the processor performance with over 1.2GHz in mainstream 55nm process. With Innopower's UHS-Lib and UHS-SRAM, users can create faster and more complex SoCs optimized for high-performance without going to the next process node.
A processor test chip with over 1.2GHz and 2.4 DMIPS/MHz of performance was achieved by Faraday in UMC 55nm process. The test chip utilizes Innopower's Ultra-High-Speed Library, Memory Compiler, and Faraday's superscalar FA726TE processor core, a synthesizable processor core based on ARM v5TE®; instruction set architecture with 13-stage pipeline.
The 55nm test chip shows how Innopower's technologies can be used to achieve high performance in mainstream processes. The FA726TE processor core is implemented using UMC 55nm SP process with Innopower's 12 track Ultra-High-Speed library and Ultra-High-Speed memory compiler. To achieve the goal of 1.2GHz performance, users no longer need to move to the most recent available process. With Innopower's fundamental IPs, it alleviates the constraint of process selections and permits the designers to build SoC with impressive performance at 1.2GHz.
" The process selection today is a complex problem with financial and technical concerns. The most advanced process is not always the best choice for SoC design. CPU's performance needs usually constrain the process selection," said Meisie Jong, vice president of sales and marketing at Innopower Technology. "With this optimized library and memory, we are offering our licensees not only high performance, but also a cost effective solution that will help to solve the tough decision."
Innopower's UHS-Lib, UHS-SRAM, and Faraday's FA726TE processor are available on many foundry processes now.
- Innopower's Ultra-High-Speed Library
UHS-Lib (Ultra High Speed Library) is designed for high-speed applications, especially when embedded high-performance CPU is required. In the past years, Faraday developed full series of ARM-compliant 32-bit RISC CPU with UHS-Lib and achieved very high operating frequency. Innopower library developers also leveraged the experience of performance enhancement to create a library with many features dedicated for high-speed requirements, such as high-speed flip-flops, pin-swapped cells, and skewed-timing-path cells. more
- Innopower's Ultra-High-Speed Memory Compiler
Synchronous Ultra-High Speed Single-Port-SRAM (UHS-SRAM)
Innopower provides the synchronous ultra-high speed Single-Port-SRAM (UHS-SRAM): the SE-type compiler, for certain processes. UHS-SRAM can be used in conjunction with the Innopower standard cell libraries to achieve the optimal power-vs.-performance trade-off. Different combinations of words, bits, and aspect ratios can be used to generate the most desirable configurations. UHS-SRAM can enable many ultra-high-speed applications, such as the CPU, DSP, and real-time multimedia applications. more
FA726TE is a generic 32-bit RISC processor with the highest performance/cost and superior power-saving efficiency among the CPU solutions in the market. FA726TE is designed with the super-scalar micro-architecture and advanced load/store unit, consisting of a synthesizable CPU core, an MMU, separate caches, and scratchpad register files. Its configurable features include different cache sizes, scratchpad sizes, floating point unit, optional L2 cache, and an optional AXI/AHB bus interface. more
About Innopower Technology Corporation
Innopower is a wholly owned subsidiary of Faraday Technology Corporation. As a separate legal entity, it leverages Faraday's past development experience, extensive automation capabilities and acquired patent portfolio to offer competitive semiconductor intellectual properties (IP) for foundries, IDM's and fabless design companies. The product offering focuses on the fundamental libraries (standard cells, memory compilers and I/O's) , special I/O and functional IPs (such as USB, PCI Express, Ethernet). Innopower holds a significant market share in the Silicon IP market as we inherited Faraday's years of experience in Silicon IP field. We continually launched more competitive products, like miniLib+ (ultra high density library) and USB3.0 IP etc., to meet the diversified requirements. For more information, please visit: www.innopower-tech.com
About Faraday Technology Corporation
Faraday Technology Corporation is a leading fables ASIC and silicon IP provider. With 2009 revenue of US$ 160 million, Faraday is one of the largest fabless ASIC companies in the Asia-Pacific region, and it also has a significant presence in other world-wide markets. Headquartered in Taiwan, Faraday has service and support offices around the world, including the U.S. , Japan, Europe, and China. For more information, please visit: www.faraday-tech.com