Las Vegas, Nevada--Nov. 17, 1997--Innovative Semiconductors Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.) announced it has achieved silicon verification of its SL758synthesizable core that supports the IEEE-1394-95 standard. The core iscompatible with Texas Instruments' GPLynx general-purpose 1394-link layerdevice, allowing systems designers using the SL758 to readily take advantageof the extensive software available for the TI device.
Innovative has afamily of IEEE-1394 link layer devices that are based on theirproprietary FlexFire architecture. This architecture is the only corearchitecture that permits designers to use the same core logic for thedevelopment of many different types of controller applications,reducing development cost and time-to-market.The new cores build on the success of the SL750, and are targeted at a variety of computer and consumer applications, such as disks, printers, video cameras, and VCRs, that rely on the IEEE-1394-95 high speed serial bus.As computer and consumer technologies converge employing higher video andgraphics content and interactivity, the demand for higher throughput onperipheral devices is increasing. Innovative's IEEE-1394 family of cores,combined with its iL700 test and verification software enables designers tosatisfy the demand for ever-increasing speed in this high-growth market.
The new cores, SL753, SL755, and SL758, support speeds of 100, 200, and400 Mbits per second and can be easily modified to support future speedupgrades of the standard. The SL753 implements the control of the FIFO thatbuffers the application logic from the Link Layer Core. The SL755 and SL758are full Link Layer Controllers that consist of the SL750 Link Layer Coreand the SL753 combined with the application hardware interface logic.FlexFire's building-block approach allows designers to quickly implement newIEEE-1394 capable applications by using the SL750, SL753, SL755, and SL758.For example, a disk controller designer can use these cores by adding simpleapplication-specific logic. A printer controller designer can use the samecores for printer controller development. The ability to reuse cores cutsthe cost of new product development and hastens time to market.
The new IEEE-1394-95 cores are available now. Licensing feesrange between $150,000 and $250,000.
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