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Vulcan processor handles Java codes directly

Posted: 31 May 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:moon2? java processor? java virtual machine? soc design? parallel processing?

Vulcan Machines' second-generation Java processor, called Moon2, executes Java byte codes directly, in parallel with a host processor.

Vulcan is offering the processor as an IP solution for integration into SoC designs. Single-use ASIC licenses are priced from approximately $400,000.

Moon2 replaces the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) software, which is otherwise needed to translate byte codes to Java native code, and which consumes significant amounts of host bandwidth, power and memory.

"By efficiently harnessing the ubiquity and power of Java, Moon2 will allow new applications to be developed for the embedded world," said Richard Ord, Vulcan's CEO. Moon2 was designed to function as the master processor in a Java-based system or as a coprocessor, running in parallel with a RISC core to accelerate the Java content in a mixed-code environment.

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