LONDON In a major expansion of its strategy, ClearSpeed has licensed the core of its next range of co-processors to BAE Systems who plans to use the massively parallel processors in demanding space applications.
As part of the deal, BAE Systems will gain access to ClearSpeed's software development kit so that it can add libraries relevant to satellite system design and deployment.
The agreement gives the military-to-satellite conglomerate an embedded technology for deployment in the harsh environments that satellite systems must endure, by meeting stringent criteria for performance, energy efficiency, ease of programming, accuracy and reliability, each of which ClearSpeed (Bristol, England) says it has met or exceeded.
"Our ability to deliver ClearSpeedís coprocessors to our space customers, with this technology's combination of very high performance, power efficiency and full programmability will enable a major increase in mission capability for key civil, commercial and defensive space systems," commented George Nossaman, director of Advanced Digital Systems at BAE Systems.
The agreement marks ClearSpeed's first extension into the embedded space.
"Licensing our technology to a limited number of key partners has always been planned as part of our strategy," said Tom Beese, chief executive officer of ClearSpeed Technology.
To date ClearSpeed has focused its sales and marketing efforts on the finance and banking sectors, a strategy outlined by Beese late last year. He told EE Times Europe it was also important to focus on tools and applications developments.