Circuit maker Agere Systems has claimed it can offer four times the average processing power on its new single wireless network infrastructure device processor.
The wireless data company, which spun out of Lucent, said it had integrated more ARM processors in a single microchip than any other semiconductor provider.
It has combined eight ARM966E-S processor cores onto its application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC), which went into full production last week.
Agere designed and verified each ARM core on the 0.16 micron device as a subsystem, which was integrated into the customer's proprietary ASIC architecture.
The ARM core included 52KB of instruction memory, 20KB of data memory and 16KB of dual port memory for data transfer. The AMBA subsystems included the bridges and memory systems.
"This was new territory, so new system-on-a-chip design flows were developed to complete this design. We also pushed the limits of 0.16 micron process technology," said Necip Sayiner, vice president of Agere's Networking IC business, in a statement.
The ASIC is being shipped to a provider of wireless communications systems for the company's 3G wireless infrastructure equipment.
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