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BiTMICRO licenses ARC's configurable cores

Posted: 25 Apr 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:BiTMICRO? solid state disk? flash disk drive? network storage? ARC International?

BiTMICRO Networks Inc., a provider of high performance non-volatile solid state disk, flash disk drive and network storage and management solutions, has licensed ARC International' processor" target=_blank>ARC 700 family of configurable cores.

BiTMICRO will use ARC's configurable processors to develop low cost, next-generation SoC devices for their E-Disk solid state storage solutions. The new SoCs comprise the TALINO high-speed disk controllers with integrated common industry standard interface cores, while the ISIP flash memory controllers will provide high-performance multi-vendor support for large arrays of flash devices.

According to Rudy Bruce, executive vice president for marketing and sales at BiTMICRO, they decided to choose ARC's configurable processors after evaluating a number of fixed architecture alternatives. "The configurable ARC 700 family prevailed because it gives additional product differentiation and a competitive market advantage through the creation of unique architectural features in the CPU. Furthermore, the processor modifications we make provide a level of protection against cloning by our competitors, which non-configurable cores cannot offer."

ARC's configurable cores
The configurable ARC 700 core family touts to deliver the most power- and area-efficient 32bit CPU and DSP processors in its performance class in a unified RISC architecture. At up to 700MHz and over 1,068 DMIPS performance in a 90nm process, the 710D, 725D and 750D cores address the needs of demanding SoC applications, such as graphics, media codecs and packet processing.

Using ARC's patented configurable CPU technology, said the press release, SoC designers can easily optimize an ARC processor for their specific applications. Features and instructions can be added or removed to achieve a highly differentiated solution that consumes less power and less silicon area, and is unique and proprietary to its creator.

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