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Silicon Hive licenses processor to Agere

Posted: 08 Aug 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:avispa processor? semiconductor? soc? philips research? ip core?

Silicon Hive today announced that it has licensed its Avispa processor to Agere Systems Inc. for use in future Agere semiconductor system-on-a-chip (SoC) products.

Silicon Hive (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) develops licenses synthesizable intellectual-property (IP) cores based on a reconfigurable computing architecture developed by Philips Research in the early 1990s.

The Avispa family of processors, are based on a Very-Long Instruction Word (VLIW) architecture. Several dozen operations can be executed every cycle in an Avispa processor. They are also design-time and run-time configurable.

Avispa processors rival hard-wired logic in both silicon efficiency measured in terms of operations per second per square millimetre and computational efficiency measured in operations per second per watt, with the added benefit of C-level programmability, Silicon Hive said.

"We're excited about working with Agere to help them build next generation SoCs with minimal risk," said Geoffrey Burns, Silicon Hive's director of product management, in a statement.

- Peter Clarke

EE Times

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