Arteris Articles

SMP, Asymmetric Multiprocessing, and the HSA Foundation

When we hear the term “multiprocessing,” we often associate it with “symmetric multiprocessing (SMP).” This is because of SMP’s initial prevalence in the high-performance computing world, and now in x86/x64 servers and PCs. However, it’s been known for years that SMP’s ability to scale performance as the number of cores increases is poor.

Topics: System-on-Chip AMP symmetric multiprocessing SMP asymmetric multiprocessing

Arteris is EE Times ACE Awards finalist for Innovator of the Year

The EE Times / EDN ACE Awards dinner last night was a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with old friends and meet the engineers and business people behind this year's coolest electronics products. I feel honored that Arteris and our CEO, Charlie Janac, were chosen as finalists for the Innovator of the Year ACE Award and were recognized as being part of such an esteemed and accomplished group of people and organizations.

Topics: interconnect IP System-on-Chip semiconductor IP awards

Interchip Connectivity: HSIC, UniPro, HSI, C2C, LLI...oh my!

There has been a lot of confusion about the different standards for interchip connectivity, with many hardware developers of consumer electronics and mobile computing systems-on-chip wondering what to use. As an interconnect IP provider, I struggle with this every day when working with our customers. I wrote this article to share what I have learned.

Topics: MIPI UniPro MIPI HSI USB HSIC C2C LLI System-on-Chip interchip connectivity MIPI LLI

Blackberry PlayBook tablet has OMAP4430: TI confirms at CES

It's official: RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook brain is the TI OMAP4430 processor.

The TI OMAP4430 is a very sophisticated mobile application processor system on chip (SoC) with dual ARM Cortex-A9 CPU cores, an Imagination Technologies POWERVR SGX540 GPU and the TI-created IVA 3 image and video accelerator and image signal processor. These semiconductor IP blocks are linked together by a network on chip interconnect from Arteris. The BlackBerry Playbook takes advantage of this multicore goodness while limiting power consumption by using RIM's BlackBerry Tablet OS, based on the multicore QNX operating system.

Topics: System-on-Chip TI OMAP4430 network-on-chip BlackBerry PlayBook PlayBook tablet