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PMC-Sierra licenses ARM processors for ASIC, PON

Posted: 13 Dec 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ARM processors? core licenses? PON? FTTH?

ARM has announced that PMC-Sierra Inc. has licensed the ARM Cortex-A8 processor and ARM11 MPCore multicore processor for a broad range of designs, including devices for passive optical networks (PON) and ASIC devices.

The licensing agreement expands PMC-Sierra's portfolio of highly integrated ARM-powered SoC solutions. The popular ARM Cortex-A8 processor has the ability to scale in speed from 600MHz to more than 1GHz. The ARM11 MPCore multicore processor provides a scalable solution that can be configured to contain between one and four processors, delivering over 3000 Dhrystone MIPS of aggregate performance. With an enhanced memory system capable of over 6Gbytes/s throughput, the ARM11 MPCore multicore processor also provides software portability across single-CPU and multi-CPU designs.

"The ARM Cortex-A8 and ARM11 MPCore processors provide the robust performance, power efficiency and throughput necessary to handle extremely high data rates for enterprise and passive optical networking applications," said Ken Wagner, PMC-Sierra's director of design services.

"In both the enterprise and the home, the growth of digital content is putting significant pressure on network providers, as well as equipment manufacturers, to provide faster, higher-quality network performance," said Graham Budd, executive VP and general manager, processor division, ARM. "Our multiprocessing solutions, including the ARM11 MPCore and the recently announced Cortex-A9 MPCore multicore processors, have been designed specifically with these performance requirements in mind. By leveraging the ARM11 MPCore multicore processor and the Cortex-A8 processor as the foundation for new high-performance SoC designs, PMC-Sierra is helping to transform the types of services that service providers and enterprises will be able to offer."

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