QED announces industry's first copper based embedded microprocessor chip

QED announces industry’s first copper based embedded microprocessor chip
Tom Foremski
Quantum Effect Design (QED) announced the industry’s first copper based embedded microprocessor chip at the Embedded Processor Forum in California.
The RM7010 is based on a MIPS 64 bit core and will be made by IBM in its 0.18 micron copper process. QED hopes that the chip will find uses in high performance embedded applications and as a core in other chips.
The chip will run at about 350MHz when it becomes available in 2000. But Microdesign Resources analyst Jim Turley, points out that this speed may be too slow for some customers, especially since by next year there will be many other faster components. QED may have to redesign its chip and add more advanced features in order to compete in an increasingly crowded market.


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