Platform IP Accelerates Integration of GPS
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 11, 2002--Tality Corporation and ARC International (LSE:ARK), a leader in user-customizable processors and software for communications and consumer products, today announced the availability of new global positioning satellite (GPS) platform solution. The platform enables developers of mobile communications and telematics products to easily integrate a low power GPS module into a range of consumer and communications applications. The demand for GPS-enabled devices is expected to grow rapidly during the next few years. According to Allied Business Intelligence, eighty percent of all new vehicles are forecast to have GPS capability by 2006.
The platform provides a front to back solution for developers attempting to implement basic GPS functionality in their SoCs (systems-on-chip). It implements the digital signal processing section (DSP) of the GPS receiver by combining Tality's GPS baseband intellectual property (IP) and ARC's ARCtangent(TM)-A4 user customizable microprocessor core. The platform solution has been integrated with Tchip Semiconductor's low power TJ1004 RF front-end module to verify system operation. The solution is provided in RTL for hardware design and ANSI-C for software design, allowing for seamless integration into a target device.
"This tightly integrated solution provides customers with an accelerated design vehicle for creating GPS-enabled devices," said Colin Adams, vice president and general manager of Tality's Digital IC group. "With the demand for GPS functionality growing at such a torrid pace, platform-based solutions that can be rapidly designed-in are essential to keep pace with customer requirements."
The platform has been designed for rapid integration into an SoC solution, allowing customers to configure the design to meet their specific requirements and drive down the cost of providing GPS technology.
"Configurable processor technology within GPS is an optimum solution. System designers are able to use an ARCtangent configuration to minimize power, silicon area and cost. The combination of RISC/DSP enables system designers to combine the GPS IP with other system functions such as AAC/MP3," said Farzad Zarrinfar, senior vice president of marketing and business development at ARC International. "Tality's GPS IP is one of a number of system level functions aimed at the mobile device which allows ARC's customers to put SoC designs together in record time and lets them achieve their time to silicon goals."
Tality Corporation, a subsidiary of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NYSE:CDN - news), is the world's largest electronic product development outsourcing provider. Leading and emerging technology companies around the globe leverage Tality's engineering services and intellectual property for the design of complex electronic systems and integrated circuits. Tality is headquartered in San Jose, California. For more information about Tality, please visit us at www.tality.com
ARC International is a leading developer of user-customizable, high-performance 32-bit RISC/DSP processor cores (including ARCtangent(TM)), with integrated development tools, peripherals and software. Its integrated intellectual property solutions assist customers in rapidly developing next generation wireless, networking and consumer electronics products, reducing time to market for system-on-chip products. Products based on ARC's technology include digital still cameras, set-top boxes, and network processors.
ARC International employs over 200 people in research and development, sales, and marketing offices across North America, Europe and Israel, with key offices in Elstree (England) and San Jose (CA, USA). Full details of the company's locations and other information are on the company's web site, www.ARC.com. ARC International is listed on the London Stock Exchange as ARC International plc (LSE:ARK).
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