Amulet3 to bloom in June

Amulet3 to bloom in June
David Manners Amulet3, the asynchronous ARM processor designed at Manchester University, will be taped-out in June. Meanwhile, versions with more general purpose applications are being planned. The first version of Amulet3 is a customised telecoms IC based on the asynchronous core surrounded by peripherals from other sources. It is being developed under an EU collaborative project with commercial partners so its specific application is secret. “We developed Amulet3 so it is easy to be transferred to another chip and we’ve tried to make the critical asynchronous logic functions as reusable as possible,” Professor Steve Furber, head of the Amulet design team at Manchester University, told Electronics Weekly. “We have applied for funds to do work on potential smartcard applications.” Furber describes Amulet as an ‘asynchronous processing subsystem’ rather than as a core. It is low power compared with conventional clocked chips and has low electromagnetic emission. This makes it ideal for portable applications combining processing power with radio circuitry. The rights to the design are owned by ARM which will also do the marketing for Amulet.


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