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MIPS32 core based computing subsystem is available for SoCs

Posted: 30 Sep 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:k-micro? mips32? topaz? soc?

K-Micro has launched its MIPS32 24Kf core-based computing subsystem, called Topaz, for integration into SoCs.

SoC designers increasingly want to combine their proprietary logic with standard technology blocks from their SoC supplier's IP portfolio. Addressing this need, K-Micro designed and fabricated a computing subsystem which includes a MIPS32 24Kf processor, multiple Sonics SMART Interconnects buses, a SafeNet SafeXcel security engine, and numerous other blocks including on-chip SRAM, and a DMA interface, according to Sunil Baliga, vice president of marketing and business development at K-Micro. "Topaz is modular, allowing designers to eliminate un-needed blocks and replace them with other blocks from K-Micro's IP portfolio."

Customers can add their differentiating logic, their "secret sauce", to Topaz to create their SoC. By following this design approach, designers will get their SoC done faster and with fewer engineering resources, he explained.

Unlike structured ASICs, which use pre-defined "slices", Topaz-based SoCs are designed and fabricated by K-Micro using a standard cell flow, giving our customers the smallest possible die size, the lowest possible unit price and the highest possible performance. The Topaz-based design approach is ideal for high-volume applications needing computing, including PON ONU/OLT, set-top boxes, printers, routers, and storage devices.

Pricing for Topaz depends upon a variety of factors, including the amount of user logic and memory. Pricing for a typical configuration is $19 in 250,000-unit quantities.

- Marty Gold


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