IntellaSys recently introduced their SEAforth 40C18 multicore processor technology for next-generation embedded wireless, portable and distributed data processing applications. The SEAforth 40C18 is an array of 40 fully functional CPUs operating asynchronously on a monolithic die. Based on the IntellaSys Scalable Embedded Array[tm] (SEA) platform, the SEAforth 40C18 technology is ideal for high data throughput requirements in a wide range of consumer electronics, networking, automotive and defense applications. The SEAforth 40C18 will be available in December 2008.
Featuring the smallest core size design (0.13 mm2), the SEAforth chip consumes 28 times less power while running 240 times faster than competing architectures. The SEAforth 40C18 breaks the memory bottleneck by creating a RAM and ROM on each core. This enables individual cores to run at the full native speed of the silicon instead of being throttled down to a slower external system clock frequency. The automatic synchronization feature between cores allows the processors to share the computing load by talking to each other to pass data, status signals and even code blocks. When individual CPUs are not active, they automatically shut down or sleep, consuming just 5.4 µW in leakage current until awakened.
The product will be offered with VentureForth[tm], an advanced multicore integrated development environment (IDE) that includes fully interactive programming, testing and debugging facilities. The SEAforth 40C18 is capable of executing 80% of its VentureForth instructions in 1.38 nanoseconds while drawing 7mW of power or less per CPU.
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