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Open-Silicon selects MIPS' processor core for ASIC

Posted: 22 Nov 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MIPS Technologies  Open-Silicon  Virage Logic  processor core  MIPS32 24KEc Pro 

MIPS Technologies Inc. has announced that Open-Silicon Inc. has selected the MIPS32 24KEc Pro processor core to power advanced custom ASIC solutions for complex SoCs. Open-Silicon has developed a business model that simplifies IP selection and integration for ASIC designers.

In addition, Open-Silicon also licensed a 90nm Core-Optimised IP Kit, jointly developed by MIPS and Virage Logic. This kit, comprised of Virage's Area, Speed and Power (ASAP) Memory and ASAP Logic High-Speed IP, provides MIPS' customers with IP that has been specifically tuned to maximise the performance of MIPS32 processors.

MIPS and Virage are valuable components of the OpenMODEL, Open-Silicon's alternative to a traditional ASIC development process. Created to minimise risk, lower costs and boost the integrity of the final product, OpenMODEL gives customers access to qualified processor IP, manufacturing, test, and packaging providers, allowing them to make informed choices at every step of the development cycle. Open-Silicon's design methodology is then applied to produce reliable, predictable ASICs at significantly lower cost.

"Our unique business strategy works because our customers know that they have access to best-in-class, highly qualified intellectual property that will meet and exceed their design requirements," said Dr. Satya Gupta, vice president of engineering for Open-Silicon. "We're delighted to add the combined expertise of two industry leaders like MIPS Technologies and Virage Logic to our rapidly growing network of solutions partners."

"Open-Silicon's compelling business model provides chip makers with a smart strategy to succeed in a cost-conscious and highly competitive environment," said Brad Holtzinger, vice president of sales for MIPS. "We're looking forward to helping Open-Silicon's customers implement successful MIPS-Based designs for a new generation of digital consumer products."

"The Core-Optimised IP Kit targets the MIPS32 24KEc core for manufacture on TSMC's 90nm G process and can achieve clock frequencies of 660 MHz, providing higher performance than competitive solutions," said Jim Ensell, senior vice president of marketing and business development for Virage Logic.




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