Motorola and Lucent unveil first offering from Star-Core joint DPS design team

Motorola and Lucent unveil first offering from Star-Core joint DPS design team
Tom Foremski
Motorola and Lucent Technologies announced the first products from their Star-Core joint development effort which is targeting low power consuming communications and computer applications– a market dominated by the UK’s ARM.
The first product is the Star-Core 140 DSP core offering 3000 MIPS or 1.2 billion MAC (multiply-accumulate) operations per second. The SC-140 uses just 0.1 mA/MIPS running at 300MHz with a 1.5 Volt power supply. In extremely low-power applications, a 120MHz 0.9 Volt SC140 would yield performance of 1200 MIPS and 480 million MAC operations per second while dissipating just 0.066 mA/MIPS at 0.9V.
The architecture makes use of compilers to enable customers to use high level programming languages such as C and C++ to develop applications without any performance penalty compared with using native assembly language.
“Based on available DSP market share numbers, the combined shares of Lucent and Motorola demonstrate that the Star-Core alliance is poised to shake up the DSP industry,” said Thomas Brooks, director of marketing for Star-Core.


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