AUSTIN, Tex. -- Motorola Inc.'s Semiconductor Products Sector and Theseus Logic Inc. of Orlando, Fla., today announced a strategic technology alliance to jointly implement versions of Motorola's 32-bit MCore family and 8-bit processor architecture utilizing Null Convention Logic (NCL), a patented clockless self-synchronizing semiconductor design technology developed by Theseus.
Both companies will use the NCL implementations of Motorola's processor and peripheral cores to develop products. Under the agreement, the two companies will share architecture and design information. Motorola is also making an equity investment in Theseus as a part of the deal.
"Theseus' goal is to use NCL technology to make SOC system-on-a-chip designs practical by integrating high performance, proven processor cores with user programmable logic," said Mike Graff, chairman, president and CEO of Theseus. "We're extremely pleased to be collaborating with Motorola on this alliance to accelerate the commercialization of NCL technology."
NCL provides designs that are not only clockless, but also delay-insensitive, which is an important consideration in achieving design reuse for SOC applications, according to Theseus.
Clockless methodologies for Motorola chip designs have been on the horizon for some time, according to Billy Edwards, corporate vice president and director of strategic management and planning for Motorola SPS.
"Motorola anticipates that NCL circuits developed through this relationship will allow us to provide our customers with integrated circuit solutions which require less power and create lower noise and EMI," he said. "Ultimately, we think NCL may also be an important technology component for addressing the larger issues of design re-use and SOC design."
Under the agreement, Motorola will contribute the architectures and base-line designs and Theseus will develop NCL versions of the processors and key peripherals. Motorola will also provide technical support to ensure architectural compatibility. First product is expected during the first half of 2000.