- Latest addition to the LSI Logic licensable DSP core family designed for low-cost and low-power applications
- New core fills processing gap between hardwired logic and general-purpose processors
- ZSP200 is code-compatible with all other ZSP cores to leverage software investment
MILPITAS, Calif. - May 6, 2004 - LSI Logic Corporation (NYSE: LSI), a leading licensor of digital signal processor (DSP) cores, today introduced the ZSP200, a new DSP core designed to meet the increased demand for cost-effective, low-power signal processing solutions (http://www.zsp.com/products/zsp200.html). High volume applications such as disk drive controls, industrial controls, toys, electronic games, VoIP terminals and security devices now require more signal processing capabilities and flexibility beyond the previously used hardwired logic and general-purpose processors. The ZSP200 is a fully synthesizable, two-issue superscalar DSP core with dual-ALU and one multi-function MAC unit, providing the ideal balance of performance, power and cost efficiency for the targeted applications. As all other ZSP cores, the ZSP200 can be designed and manufactured on any silicon foundries.
According to the final 2003 WSTS (World Semiconductor Trade Statistics), the DSP market generated $6.13 billion in revenue, a 26.3 percent growth over 2002. Markus Levy, EEMBC president and independent analyst, sees an even bigger market potential as more DSP implementations become part of System on Chip (SoC) designs. As the market begins to recover, there are many emerging high-volume applications that demand a low-cost, low-power licensable processor with enough signal processing performance to enrich the user experience, said Levy. Many exciting new products will come to the market enabled by DSP cores such as the ZSP200.
In recent years, we have successfully deployed high-end DSP solutions such as the ZSP400, ZSP500 and ZSP600 cores, which scale up to quad-MAC and 3000 MIPS. At the same time, we also received persistent customer requests for an additional compact DSP alternative, said Prasad Kalluri, senior director of LSI Logic DSP research and development. We responded with the ZSP200, which can execute twice the number of instructions per cycle and offer more power efficiency, while maintaining the same cost level as single-issue DSP and general-purpose processors.
Time To Market
The ZSP200 is code-compatible with all ZSP digital signal processor cores, a distinct advantage over disjointed offerings from other DSP vendors. Designers can leverage off-the-shelf software and tools from the rapidly expanding list of quality third-party solution partners such as QSound Labs, Ittiam Systems, Enea, Wipro Technologies, Espico Ltd, Spatializer Labs, CoWare and Domain Technologies.
About the LSI Logic ZSP Family of DSP Cores
LSI Logic's ZSP DSP superscalar signal processing technology provides the highest performance open architecture DSP cores available today. These licensable and fully synthesizable cores have proven themselves in SOC and standard products alike. For more information about the ZSP DSP family visit the website at http://www.zsp.com.
About LSI Logic Corporation
LSI Logic Corporation (NYSE: LSI) is a leading designer and manufacturer of communications, consumer and storage semiconductors for applications that access, interconnect and store data, voice and video. In addition, the company supplies storage network solutions for the enterprise. LSI Logic is headquartered at 1621 Barber Lane, Milpitas, CA 95035, http://www.lsilogic.com.