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Two firms tie up to create multicore media env't

Posted: 26 Sep 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:multicore? design tool? processor?

Embedded systems design tool provider CriticalBlue has partnered with Toshiba Corp. to customize elements of CriticalBlue's multicore technology that will be used by developers targeting Toshiba's multicore Venezia platform. "The first phase of the program has been completed and a second phase has been defined and still being developed further," said CriticalBlue. The complete Venezia ecosystem will be used by Toshiba and its customers.

The Venezia software ecosystem takes CriticalBlue's analysis, guidance and implementation capabilities. It is designed to help developers understand the relationships between their multithreaded software and how it executes on the underlying multicore architecture, according to CriticalBlue.

Toshiba's Venezia is targeted at mobile multimedia applications. The underlying hardware architecture has a variable number of media processing engines (MPE), each containing Toshiba's original RISC processor core with an optional coprocessor optimized for multimedia acceleration. On the software side, a lightweight kernel on multiple MPEs is provided, and software applications are designed to scale and load balance across the available processing elements.

"The multicore and multithreaded nature of the Venezia platform has a number of new challenges for software developers," said Toru Furuyama, general manager, center for semiconductor R&D, Toshiba.

- EE Times

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