Agere Claims Eight ARM Cores on ASIC

June 02, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

Agere Systems Inc. (Allentown, PA) claimed it has integrated more ARM processors in a single microchip than any other semiconductor provider. Combining eight ARM966E-S, a macrocell with synthesizable 32-bit RISC, provides four times more processing power than typical chips, according to the company. The ASIC is said to be in full production and being delivering in DSP form to an undisclosed wireless basestation provider.

Agere said it 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. ARM's AMBA subsystems included the bridges and memory systems. ARM said the ASIC is being shipped to the wireless communications systems player for the company's 3G wireless infrastructure equipment.