Graphics processor firm nVidia has teamed up with UK-based chip company ARM to pool technology in a bid to accelerate the development of next-generation consumer devices.
Under the terms of the deal nVidia has licensed the ARM 11 MPCore processor to add application processing functionality to its forthcoming graphics and digital media processing system-on-chip architectures.
"Rich media applications are an essential part of next-generation consumer products," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and chief executive at nVidia.
The ARM 11 MPCore processor includes the ARM SIMD media extensions, Intelligent Energy Manager technology for efficient energy management, and Jazelle technology for Java acceleration.
The processor runs at up to 550MHz and features a high-performance memory system delivering more than 1.3Gbps and scalability to over 2,600 Dhrystone 2.1 Mips of aggregate performance in a cache-coherent four-way configuration.
"Multi-core processors are gaining momentum in the embedded and desktop worlds because they combine scalable high performance and lower power," said Tom Halfhill, a senior analyst for In-Stat's Microprocessor Report.
"The trend is clearly towards flexible processor cores, like the ARM 11 MPCore, which can be used in uni-processor, symmetric or asymmetric multi-processor configurations."
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