SAN JOSE (ChipWire) -- Beefing up its ability to offer a wider complement of semicustom ASICs and application-specific standard products for networking applications, Samsung Semiconductor Inc. today announced it has licensed two digital signal processor (DSP) cores to expand its embedded communications line-up.
During the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, the U.S. subsidiary of the Korean chip maker said it has licensed the Teak and TeakLite DSP cores from DSP Group Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif. Samsung also said it has also added Ethernet 10/100 MAC and IEE 1394 cores to its broadened menu of embedded offerings.
The effort is designed specifically to improve the company's time-to-market while pulling in the system-on-a-chip expertise it will need to allow customers to differentiate their products, according to Farzad Zarrinfar, Samsung's director of ASIC marketing.
The cores are directed at a range of networking applications such xDSL/cable modems, 3G cellular handsets, Voice-over-IP, Ethernet switches, hubs, NICs, and routers, and Internet appliances such as digital set-top boxes.
Samsung will use the Cubicware design environment for its new cores, which it claims will enables optimization of ASICs for power consumption, die size, and performance. Designers also will be able to customize many functions on a single ASIC while using pre-defined standards-compliant building blocks, the company said.