OTTAWA, Canada -- Atsana Semiconductor Corp., a start-up company developing programmable processors for multimedia wireless devices, has taken a license for the ARM922T core from ARM Holdings plc.
Atsana intends to use the 32-bit RISC core for use with a media processor it has in development.
Atsana, founded in 1999, revealed some details of its media processor in April, 2002. The company said then that it aims to deliver a low-cost, low-power media processor that incorporates a massively-parallel array of processing elements by third quarter 2002.
Atsana claims that established DSP architectures do not have the ability process video data in a power-efficient and cost-efficient manner. The company claims that its own parallel array processor delivers five to 15 times the processing capability while consuming one-third the power, but it does not indicate clearly what technology or implementation it is making a comparison against, nor does it readily benchmark itself against other parallel processing solutions already announced.
Atsana does state that its approach is based on thousands of one-bit SIMD processors combined with RAM to create a massively-parallel architecture that tightly couples processing and memory.
The license for the ARM922T has been taken under ARM's foundry program indicating that Atsana will get its complete processor design manufactured at a foundry.