Telesoft Technologies, the telecoms and data network provider, has joined forces with ARC International to develop a multipurpose broadband access card.
The Telesoft card uses ARC's user-customisable 32-bit processor technology enabling it to be set up with different numbers and configurations of processors, depending on the workload.
Telesoft chose ARC's technology partly because its soft processor technology is targeted on a programmable gate array and allows the baseboard programme, integrated into a single FPGA, to be changed without re-designing the card.
The approach allows a number of tasks that would normally involve discrete silicon to achieve each one to be collapsed into a single FPGA, according to Keith Driver, Telesoft's OEM product development manager.
"This approach delivers not only the configuration flexibility of ARC's processor, but also the possibility of deploying as many processors as required to service the processing load for a particular application without resorting to hardware modifications," he said.