Combined RISC/DSP Capabilities Provide High-Performance, Low-Power Processor Solution for Consumer Electronics
San Jose, CA., March 1, 2003 * * * ARC International (LSE: ARK), a world leader in user-customizable processors, silicon peripheral IP, real-time operating systems and development tools for embedded system design, today announced that LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. a leading designer, developer and marketer of innovative technology-based educational products, has licensed the ARCtangent A5.1 processor core for the Leapster Multimedia learning system, an award-winning new portable learning system. As a combined 32-bit RISC/DSP processor, the ARCtangent-A5 delivers greater performance than a stand-alone RISC processor, while at the same time consuming less power than other combined RISC/DSP solutions, making it a cost-efficient, solution-of-choice for consumer electronics applications. Designed as an educational game player, electronic storybook reader, digital art studio and interactive video player, the Leapster platform teaches children to learn in the ways they like to play. A cartridge-based handheld learning system, the Leapster handheld is designed for children, ages 4-8, and delivers educational software for reading, math, music and other basic skills. Announced in October 2003, Leapster was named one of the hottest toys for Christmas 2003 by experts such as Jim Silver, co-publisher of Toy Wishes magazine, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) and Ann Orr, senior editor at Children's Software Revue.
"We required a low-power, low-cost, multi-functional microprocessor that could perform real-time tasks and the ARCtangent A5 provided the best solution," said Mike Perkins, Senior Vice President of Research and Development at LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc.
"LeapFrog is an innovator in the educational electronic products industry, and we are pleased that our processor expertise allowed our ARCtangent technology to be integrated into the Leapster handheld, one of this year's most popular toys," said Pete Hutton, vice president and general manager of the processor business unit at ARC International. "LeapFrog continues to make advances in educational electronics, and we look forward to working with them on future next-generation consumer electronics."
The ARCtangent-A5 can be configured and extended to best meet the demanding performance requirements of DSP applications, such as complex portable devices, as well as provide the RISC processing that many DSP applications now require, all in a small, single processor core. Optional DSP extensions, such as multiply-accumulate functions and configurable XY memory, increase computational power and data throughput, enabling the ARCtangent-A5 to increase performance for complex DSP applications without losing any of its RISC functionality.
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