100Mips Amulet3 ready by year end

100Mips Amulet3 ready by year end
Steve Bush Amulet3, the asynchronous version of the ARM7 Thumb core being developed at Manchester University, will be ready by the end of this year. “The performance will be comparable with the forthcoming ARM9,” said Professor Steve Furber, who is leading the project, “at least 100Mips.” Furber, who was involved in the development of the original ARM microprocessor architecture, has been working on asynchronous cores for some time. Amulet2e, an asynchronous ARM6, has existed in silicon for over a year. “We have learned a lot from the 2e,” he said. According to Furber, two clear advantages have been seen with the Amulet2e over the synchronous ARM6. “Generated electromagnetic interference is far lower in the 2e and the average power consumption is lower. The Amulet behaves as though it has a optimised power management system on-chip.” Amulet3 is being designed for volume production from the outset. Furber said: “It will be completely compatible with standard CMOS processing.” The project is funded by the EU through the Esprit Open Microprocessor Initiative.


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