Cambridge, UK--August 19, 1996--Advanced RISC Machines Ltd. (ARM; Cambridge, UK) presented details of the ARM810 process portable RISC microprocessor at HOT CHIPS 96. The new architecture bridges the gap between ARM's current product offerings and the high performance StrongARM processors.
The fully static ARM810 is available as a stand-alone, single-chip microprocessor or as an embedded core within an application specific design. This embedded 'macrocell' approach provides a solution for applications where power consumption is a concern but high-integration is key.
The ARM810 architecture utilizes a five-stage pipeline which allows execution of each instruction to be spread over more cycles, reducing the amount of work done at each stage and allowing higher clock rates. Although this higher speed increases die size and power consumption, this architecture doubles performance--maintaining ARM's MIPS/Watt and MIPS/mm2 ratios.
The VLSI (San Jose, CA) versions of the ARM810 are available as FSB ASIC cores or packaged as evaluation vehicles in 144-pin TQFP packages. The ARM810 processor is compatible with existing ARM development tools and Real-Time Operating Systems for a variety of applications. Samples are available now with volume production from VLSI scheduled for November 1996. VLSI quotes pricing at $25 for high-volume shipments.
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