TriMedia drops in at TSMC
TriMedia drops in at TSMCE-InSite
The TriMedia VLIW processor will be available as a drop-in core on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing’s (TSMC) Asic process.
TriMedia Technologies, which now owns the VLIW (very long instruction word) microprocessor core intellectual property (IP) following its spin-off from Philips in the summer, said the deal initially covers its TM32 32-bit VLIW core, which has been ported to TSMC’s 0.18µm process.
The core will be available to system-on-chip (SoC) designers as a drop-in core through TriMedia, which will also offer the cores on a per-use basis, which will lower the cost of entry for SoC designers.
“On a single small TM32 VLIW core one can run in software a complete video conferencing application including video/audio encode and decode, picture improvement, modem, “hands-free” telephony, graphics, protocol handling,” said Cees Hartgring, president and CEO of TriMedia.