LONDON Plurality Ltd. (Netanya, Israel) has said that its Hypercore 64-core shared-memory processing engine is available for license in the form of intellectual property (IP).
The company said it would be flexible on how licensing deals are constructed. "We are seeking an initial licensing fee and per-unit royalties. Amounts are negotiable. I cannot reveal the fees that we expect to receive," a spokesman told EE Times.
By licensing the HyperCore developers will be able to integrate the general-purpose accelerator into their system-on-chip (SoC) designs. The 32-GIPS, 8-GFLOPS 64-core processor acts as a performance extension to the processor architectures such as x86, PowerPC, and ARM. The IP version of the HyperCore processor was announced at the IP 2008 conference and exhibition in Grenoble.
"HyperCore delivers performance that is tens-of-times better, and at the lowest price per watt per square millimeter, than any other chip-level, shared-memory machine currently on the market," said Plurality chairman and CEO Igor Pe'er, in a statement. "With our IP, developers of SoCs, ASICs and general-purpose processors will save huge amounts of time and money in bringing the incredible power of many-core processing to mass-market applications like graphics, image and video processing, video surveillance, gaming, network processing, security, and software-defined radio."
The HyperCore architecture includes a patent-pending, shared-memory design in which the tightly-coupled cores are equidistant from a many-ported L1 shared-memory. Each core can randomly and directly access this memory at every clock cycle without a bottleneck, the company claimed.
"Plurality clearly is a pioneer in the many-core world. They are helping to advance the adoption of many-core architecture by offering IP and future chips that will support a broad range of applications in an open development environment," said Markus Levy, president of The Multicore Association, in the same statement.