Processors everywhere creates cost-effective design

Rowen, Chris
November 2005
Electronics Weekly;11/2/2005, Issue 2216, p12
Trade Publication
This article presents views of Chris Rowen, CEO of configurable processor firm Tensilica Inc. According to him the real benefit of SoC design comes from effective use of processor cores. If processors could be tailored to also efficiently do the work of the hardware blocks, those blocks would be programmable SoCs with full flexibility for changing requirements. Today, configurable, extensible processors are the programmable alternative to fixed-function RTL blocks and they will ship in hundreds of millions of units over the next couple of years into cell phones, printers, media players, cameras, digital televisions, modems and other cost-, power- and performance-sensitive devices. The International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors represents the consensus view of the semiconductor industry for the next 15 years.


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