picoChip Designs Ltd has announced what it claims is the world's most powerful processing device for wireless infrastructure. The PC102 forms the core of a comprehensive hardware and software reference design platform for 3G equipment manufacturers, enabling economic and time-to-market savings.
At the recent Microprocessor Forum Peter Claydon, co-founder and chief architect at picoChip, said, "At 42GMACs per second the PC102 delivers five to ten times the price-performance of any other device on the market today. It will take four years of Moore's Law improvements for conventional architectures to reach this point."
PC102 is a true MIMD, highly parallel, data driven architecture. It delivers 146GIPs, which equates to simultaneous, sustained, operations of more than 30GIPs, 41.6GMACs and 71.6Gconvolutions/sec. This is supported by nearly 7Tbits/sec internal interconnect and more than 20 Gbit/sec continuous real-time I/O. It can be programmed in standard ANSI C, with industry standard tools and library function formats. These allow applications to be developed, simulated, compiled, verified and tested in a single environment. Time to market is further accelerated through the use of picoChip's software libraries and 3GPP-compliant software reference designs for WCDMA FDD, including HSDPA.
The picoChip design platform combines a processor optimized for wireless, with a programming environment using standard ANSI C and comprehensive system libraries. In addition to WCDMA FDD and HSDPA, reference designs for TD-SCDMA, 802.16 and other standards are under development. The system is also very appropriate for other advanced wireless technology, including 4G research and military software defined radio (SDR or JTRS).