Cupertino, CA--May 27, 1997--IKOS Systems Inc. (Cupertino, CA) announced that its VirtuaLogic Emulation technology played a significant role in the development of Centaur Technology's (Austin, TX) recently announced IDT-C6 microprocessor. The VirtuaLogic emulator was used to more completely verify the design of the new low-cost, low-power microprocessor.
The C6 microprocessor is a low-powered, Pentium-compatible microprocessor with MMX multimedia technology. It is designed for personal desktop and portable computers, and is compatible with both the Windows 95 and NT operating systems. The need to deliver a compatible yet differentiated product to this highly competitive market presented a significant challenge to Centaur, and verification of a high-complexity design became critical for their success.
The Centaur IDT-C6 device is a Pentium-class x86 microprocessor targeted for the low-cost desktop and mobile PC market. The processor includes MMX-compatible technology and operates at speeds up to 200 MHz. The 5.4-million transistor device will be manufactured using 0.35 m, 4-layer-metal CMOS technology. At 88 mm in size, the IDT-C6 is between 40 and 50 percent smaller than comparable Pentium-class processors. The microprocessor's small die size and low power consumption were achieved by simplifying the architecture and eliminating or reducing the complex logic found in other processors.
The VirtuaLogic emulator is based on standard FPGAs and SRAMs. Coupled with the capabilities of the VirtualWires software technology, VirtuaLogic enables Virtual First Silicon so that software and system integrators can begin the system and software debug process early on in the verification process, as soon as the chip design is stable, as opposed to waiting for real silicon.
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