High-Performance Microprocessor Takes Aim at Multi-Function Printer and High-End Set-Top Box Applications
SAN JOSE, Calif., July 6, 2004 - Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)* today announced the introduction of a new 64-bit single-chip MIPS-based™ reduced instruction set computer (RISC) microprocessor. Designated TX9956CXBG, the new device is the company's first standard microprocessor to employ the Toshiba Corporation (Toshiba) high-performance TX99/H4 CPU core and industry-leading 90 nanometer (nm) process technology. The seven-stage superscalar pipeline architecture enables simultaneous execution of two instructions. With 533 to 666 megahertz (MHz) maximum operating frequency, the TX9956CXBG is currently the highest-performance microprocessor in the Toshiba TX System RISC general-purpose product line. It is targeted at diverse applications, including multi-function printers and high-end set-top boxes.
"With the introduction of the TX9956CXBG, Toshiba continues to grow its bus-compatible, general-purpose microprocessor portfolio to provide scalability and higher performance to customers," said Shardul Kazi, vice president of the RISC Microprocessor and Multimedia Business Unit at TAEC. "Our multi-function printer, high-end set-top box and other customers can upgrade to the TX9956CXBG from existing, lower-frequency processors while keeping the same companion ASICs or off-the-shelf SysAD-compatible chipsets. This reduces time-to-market for system introduction."
Based on the MIPS64® architecture of MIPS Technologies, Inc., the new true 64-bit microprocessor features the high-performance 64-bit RISC TX99/H4 core and includes both the industry-leading 64-bit MIPS64 instruction-set architecture (ISA) for speed and the MIPS-3D™ Application-Specific Extension (ASE), an instruction set that achieves high-performance 3D geometry processing in digital entertainment and multimedia products. The highly-optimized seven-stage, dual-issue, superscalar pipeline architecture was developed jointly by MIPS and Toshiba.
Key features of the microprocessor are as follows:
- Features a high-performance 64-bit RISC TX99/H4 core based on the MIPS 25Kf™ high-end RISC core. The seven-stage superscalar pipeline architecture enables simultaneous execution of two instructions.
- Software-compatible with all MIPS processors, the instruction set includes as subsets the 64-bit instructions of the MIPS64 ISA for high-performance and the MIPS-3D ASE for graphics and multimedia.
- On-chip cache consists of four-way, set-associative 32 Kilobyte (Kbyte) instruction cache and 32Kbyte data cache. The built-in, large-capacity Level 2 cache of 256Kbyte improves execution speed dramatically.
- A 64-bit/32-bit SysAD bus with multiplexed address and data serves as an external system interface and is bus-compatible with the Toshiba TX4955/56 microprocessors for easy upgrade.
- Features high-performance operation
- Internal maximum operating frequency: 533 to 666MHz
- External maximum operating frequency: 133MHz
- Has dual power supplies and a power management mode
- The TX99/H4 core contains a dedicated debugging support unit (DSU) and uses an external enhanced JTAG (EJTAG) interface to enable various modes of control such as setting breakpoints. An EJTAG in-circuit emulator is available from third-party vendors.
- Planned supported real-time operating systems include MontaVista® Linux® from MontaVista Software, Inc. and VxWorks® from Wind River Systems, Inc.
- A reference board, RBTX9956, will be provided for customer evaluation.
Pricing and Availability
Samples are scheduled to be available in July 2004; sample pricing is planned to be $45.00 each in 100-piece quantities. Interested customers should contact TAEC for attractive high-volume pricing. Volume production is scheduled to start in November 2004.
Technical Specification Summary
|Part Number ||TMPR9956CXBG-533/-666 |
|Process Technology ||90nm process, 6-layer wiring |
|Power Supply Voltage ||Internal: 1.25 Volts (V) |
External: 3.3V or 2.5V
|Core ||TX99/H4 core with MIPS64-compliant instruction set |
Dual-issue, 7-stage superscalar pipeline architecture
On-chip IEEE754-compliant single/double precision floating point processing unit
On-chip debugging support unit with EJTAG interface
|Maximum Operating Frequency ||Internal: 533MHz/ 666MHz |
|Built-in Cache Memory ||Internal cache: 32Kbyte, 4-way set associative |
Data cache: 32Kbyte, 4-way set associative
Unified Level 2 cache: 256Kbyte
|Memory Management Unit ||48-double entry JTLB and 8-entry Data TLB |
|Power Saving Modes ||RP (Reduced Frequency) mode, Sleep mode |
|External Bus Interface ||64-bit SysAD bus that also supports 32-bit bus mode |
|Package ||272-pin lead-free plastic BGA with 16-pin thermal balls |
27mm x 27mm, 1.27mm pitch
About the Toshiba TX System RISC Family of Microprocessors
Toshiba offers a full family of MIPS-based™ Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC) microprocessors and peripheral circuits. The Toshiba TX System RISC family consists of 32- and 64-bit processors available as standard products or as an ASIC tailored for an embedded design. The family is comprised of a range of processors from low-power consuming to high-performance and includes special functions essential for the design of embedded products, such as reduced code size and real-time capability. Toshiba offers access to expert technology professionals for design questions and application support.
Toshiba also offers TX39/49/99 System RISC Reference Platforms consisting of hardware, software and system integration tools and documentation based on products from Toshiba. This modular, configurable approach provides a ready-to-use bill of materials and will evolve with the customer's design and industry standards. Customers get a jump on software development and on the competition. Platforms are available for home-entertainment, IP set-top-box, industrial-control, mobile and wireless, and other digital consumer applications.
Combining quality and flexibility with design engineering expertise, TAEC brings a breadth of advanced, next-generation technologies to its customers. This broad offering includes semiconductors, flash memory-based storage solutions, and displays for the computing, wireless, networking, automotive and digital consumer markets.
TAEC is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, one of the five largest semiconductor companies worldwide in terms of global sales for the year 2003 according to Gartner/Dataquest's Worldwide Semiconductor Market Share Ranking. Toshiba is a world leader in high-technology products with more than 300 major subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide. For additional company and product information, please visit TAEC's website at chips.toshiba.com. For technical inquiries, please e-mail Tech.Questions@taec.toshiba.com.
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