Design minnow talks chips with a major

Design minnow talks chips with a major
Richard Ball A self employed microprocessor designer from Dorset has succeeded in licensing an 8051 core design to a large electronics company. Roger Hurrey, owner of RTH Electronics, said: “I am just starting to seek licences for embedded end users, and have already licensed the core to a major company.” The 8051 compatible core runs up to 100 times faster than the original device. Most operations are executed in a single clock cycle. Using any 0.5?m Asic process, the core should run at 100MHz, Hurrey claimed. “It’s not only very fast, but it’s small and has very low power,” he said. The design uses some 4,000 gates and power consumption is said to be around 1mA per MHz. “I expect to see it where low power is the emphasis, such as hand-held, battery powered devices,” Hurrey said. In 1993, Hurrey held discussions with Philips about another Risc processor licence.


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