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ARM-compliant processor suits power, cost sensitive apps

Posted: 03 Dec 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:customisable processor  MCU  32bit RISC 

Faraday Technology Corp. has unveiled the FA606TE ARM v5 ISA-compliant processor that offers ultralow-power 32bit RISC with the synthesisable and configurable features.

The FA606TE is designed for applications that are both power and cost sensitive, such as general MCU, SSD controller, industrial controller, bridge controller, and portable audio/video processor. The hardcore in UMC 0.13µm is available, and the area is 0.3mm²with ultra low power of 0.06mW/MHz and high performance of 180MHz at worst case.

As the application and software become more and more sophisticated, 8bit and 16bit MCU will gradually be unable to afford the demanded performance in embedded SoC world. The microprocessor is often expected to be a control unit, handle some algorithms, and even run a simple OS built-in some application software at the same time. Since the voice that requires 32bit RISC to replace the MCU in high-end 8bit/16bit market rises from the customers, Faraday's synthesisable and customisable FA606TE is designed to keep the same competitive cost and power as the 8bit/16bit MCU, but enables the higher performance simultaneously.

In addition, the FA606TE is one of a few cores in the 32bit tiny core market with built-in DSP extensions that enhance DSP computing capabilities. With the 5-stage pipeline, the device also provides more considerable clock performance than usual. The configurable features of FA606TE include the optional memory protection unit; local bus controller (LBC); and instruction memory and data memory from 0Kbyte to 8Mbyte, respectively, which enable to customise the area driven or performance optimisation. FA606TE has power down mode to further reduce the power dissipation, and auto-fill function supported in LBC speeds up the boot-up and program executing performance.

"Low power microprocessor is the key in embedded SoC," said Thomas Hsieh, associate VP of central R&D at Faraday. "As one of just a few ARM architectural licensees, Faraday is well experienced in CPU and SoC design. By implementing Faraday's innovative technology in ARMv5 micro-architecture, we offer the ultra power-saving tiny core which enables 0.06mW/MHz and 0.3mm²in 0.13µm."

FA606TE hardcore in UMC 0.13µm is available and the company can also offer design service for synthesisable FA606TE SoC to its customers in advanced 90nm or 65nm process.

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