LONDON – Fabless chip company Nufront Co. Ltd. has licensed an unnamed DSP core from Ceva Inc. and a graphics core from Vivante Corp.
Nufront (Beijing), founded in 2004 by several Chinese oversea returnees from Silicon Valley, has developed ICs for broadband and broadcast applications and has announced a 40-nm dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor SoC that operates at clock frequencies up to 2-GHz.
The DSP core will be used in wireless chipsets for handsets targeting developing markets, according to Ceva (Mountain View, Calif.) Nufront plans to integrate a graphics user interface (GUI) display rendering core from Vivante (Sunnyvale, Calif.) within system-chips for mobile, embedded and consumer electronics equipment includeing smartphones and multimedia tablets, according to Vivante.
"The handset industry worldwide continues to standardize around CEVA's DSP cores for wireless processing, so it was a natural choice for us to license their DSP technology for our wireless chipsets," said Rock Yang, vice president of marketing at Nufront, in a statement issued by Ceva. "In addition, CEVA's partner ecosystem, software development environment and DSP roadmap are unrivalled in the industry, further reinforcing our commitment to work together."
Ceva said it has more than 35 wireless processor design wins, including 15 for LTE, and that more than 1.5 billion wireless processors including Ceva intellectual property have shipped.
The Vivante composition and GUI engine is a pixel processing accelerator that scales, animates, layers, filters, processes, and combines multiple input sources (3-D, 2-D, 1080p video) to compose for final viewing. By including both GUI and 3-D graphics cores in hardware systems and application developers can provide load-balanced graphics that can make systems more responsive, fluid and engaging while saving power.
"When selecting a key piece of graphics technology to integrate in our products, one area we analyze is how it benefits the user experience," said Wei Yu, general manager of Nufront's system chip division, in a statement issued by Vivante. Vivante CEO Wei-Jin Dai said: "The combination of Nufront's expertise in connectivity and our GUI rendering will bring a new level of smart, connected devices with the best balance of performance, visual quality, power savings, and all-day battery life."
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