SAN JOSE, California -- ARC International plc, a company that develops user-customizable processors and related intellectual property, said Monday (August 11, 2003) that Sony Semiconductor Kyushu Corp. had licensed its ARCtangent 32-bit RISC processor with DSP extensions.
The DSP extensions add multiply-accumulate functions to the ARCtangent to deliver more computational power, ARC claims. In addition to these extension instructions, the available XY memory increases data throughput. These features permit the ARCtangent to address more complex DSP applications than typical RISC/DSP cores, while maintaining RISC functionality, the company said.
"Sony Semiconductor Kyushu is a recognized leader in developing technologies that push the technical envelope," said Mike Gulett, president and chief executive officer of ARC International, in a statement. "Its consumer electronics products consistently provide users with new and innovative features," he said.