LONDON Some of the leading providers of silicon and hardware for ultrawideband are to use the ARM9 processor core in their next generation networking products and devices.
Staccato Communications, Alereon, Pulse~LINK, Focus Enhancements and Mindtree Consulting will be the first to integrate the ARM9, which are used for the programmable MAC layer. The companies said using the ARM core will lead to savings in chip area, development costs and power consumption.
The biggest hit, however, will come from the fact updating the flexible MAC layer to support standard changes or necessary enhancements for compliance and interoperability certification will become a lot simpler using the ARM9 core’s programmable platform.
“We chose the ARM968E-S processor for our Wireless USB device solution based on its industry leading MIPS/mW and its built-in single cycle memory architecture,” said Eric Broockman, CEO, Alereon, Inc. “The ARM968E-S processor has enabled us to get to market sooner and provide our customers with a flexible solution that meets their very stringent power and size requirements.”
Tom Hamilton, European VP and general manager of FOCUS Enhancements’ semiconductor group, commented: “We chose this architecture for the integration of control and MAC functions primarily because ARM provided these features in a hard macro, ready-made for our target foundry process.”