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QuickLogic, PACT XPP sign deal for wireless solutions

Posted: 30 Sep 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:programmable soc? dsp co-processor? cpu? multimedia? wireless systems?

QuickLogic Corp. and PACT XPP Technologies have signed an MOU to develop a next-generation programmable SoC platform that combines a DSP co-processor with a CPU. This combination can be used to handle the billions of bytes per second throughput required for multi-media and wireless systems, such as WLANs and basestations; VoIP; video and audio compression/decompression.

By combining QuickLogic's MIPs-based programmable SoC with PACT's XPP reconfigurable coprocessor, the companies expect to offer a platform that embeds a CPU, programmable logic and reconfigurable DSP capability for applications that require high throughput and low power. The agreement is co-signed by MIPS Technologies, who will provide the necessary information to define the coupling of the MIPS hard cores to the XPP array and QuickLogic's secure ViaLink programmable QuickMIPS architecture.

"Developing a platform that utilizes these unique technologies represents the next significant milestone in our ESP development for the QuickMIPS product line," said John Birkner, VP and co-founder of QuickLogic. "Using PACT's XPP cores as an 'algorithmic co-processor' in tandem with the flexible MIPS RISC CPU gives designers a hardware- and software-programmable solution that has thus far been reserved for ASICs or dedicated DSPs."

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