The MAJC 500 "convergence processor" which is designed to handle the real-time flow of multimedia data, will integrate two 128-bit very long instruction word
processors onto a single piece of silicon.
Under the partnership, which builds on two years of cooperation between STMicroelectronics and HP Labs, the companies will develop a VLIW (Very Long Instruction Word
) -based technology platform to allow the rapid development of high-performance processor cores that are scaled and customised to individual system-on-chip applications.
Transmeta Corp has been granted a new patent - number 5,958,061 - which confirms the now generally-held belief that it is working on a very long instruction word
processor that runs x86 and Windows-based applications.
Integrating two VLIW (very long instruction word
) microprocessors on a single piece of silicon, the new MAJC 5200 chip has been designed to handle real-time streams of visual and audio information.
However, the most likely bet seems to be a very long instruction word
(VLIW) processor that runs x86 and Windows-based applications up to three times as fast as current Intel Corp CPUs.
The chip uses a very long instruction word
(VLIW) set and Sun is targeting the chip at the advanced set-top box market - devices that require powerful multimedia capabilities.
The very long instruction word
chip is aimed at set-top boxes, video processing and security applications.
This is a significant departure from common practice, which has seen most DSP builders pursue VLIW (very long instruction word
) designs, which have made it almost impossible to program their devices using conventional languages and compilers.