Irish IP firm gets to the core

Irish IP firm gets to the core
Richard Ball Massana, an intellectual property firm from Dublin, has unveiled a series of digital signal co-processor cores. At the IP ’99 conference yesterday (Tuesday), Massana’s chief executive Paul Costigan showed a low-end 50Mips core and a 200Mips DSP. Dubbed the FILU series of cores, the DSPs are designed to be attached to a standard processor or microcontroller. The more powerful FILU-200 core has been demonstrated as a co-processor to a Risc micro, enabling it to run the G.Lite ADSL modem software. FILU cores have a microcoded kernel that includes finite and infinite impulse response digital filters, fast Fourier transforms, correlation, matrix operations and Taylor series. The core is linked to the CPU through a shared RAM. A simple application programming interface allows the programmer to access functions via macros in C. In the future, the company plans to release DSP designs for physical interfaces to fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet. Several companies are already working with Massana including Alcatel, Analog Devices, Motorola, Nortel and Toshiba. In order to raise is profile among semiconductor firms, Massana has relocated itself to the US West coast. Final negotiations are also underway with venture capital firms to provide “substantial funding”. Money raised will fund an ambitious expansion plan, the company said.


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