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ARC provides Java extensions to ARCTangent-A4

Posted: 12 Mar 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:arc? digital communications technologies? dctl? microprocessor? microprocessor development tool?

ARC has announced the availability of new Java extensions for its ARCTangent-A4 microprocessor to address the market for small, low cost embedded Java systems, particularly in high volume consumer and multimedia applications such as mobile handsets, digital STBs, and web pads.

Developed by Digital Communications Technologies, the Java extensions add about 5,000 gates to the 32-bit processor, and are claimed to provide nearly 30 percent greater performance than other products with less overhead.

"This solution enables differentiation of an embedded Java system at the hardware level rather than software, because of the user-customizable nature of ARC's processor. By focusing on low cost, power and memory footprint, this embedded Java architecture should accelerate Java uptake," said Johannes Richter, business unit director multimedia/automotive at Fujitsu.

The ARC Java extensions offer compatibility with existing OSs and tools, compact logic, lower memory requirements, and low power consumption.

The extensions also execute Java bytecode instructions directly and require no extra pipeline stages. ARC claims that their ARCtangent-A4 processor with Java extensions can execute multiple Java bytecodes per clock cycle, unlike competing solutions that require multiple clock cycles per bytecode.





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