Sunday, May 14, 2006

Toshiba and ARC Partner on Configurable Processor Technology

ARC and Toshiba have entered into a strategic collaboration targeting configurable processor technology. Specifically Toshiba has taken a multiyear license for ARC's "ARChitect" processor configuration, which provides design tools and resources using a drag-and-drop graphical user interface (GUI). The companies will also collaborate on development of a next generation version of ARChitect that is more closely suited to Toshiba's Media embedded Processor (MeP).

MeP, the core of Toshiba's media-centric processors, offers a 32-bit configurable, asymmetric multiprocessor design that can be customized to support diverse media applications, including products in the high-growth digital consumer market integrating video and audio functionality. Toshiba will leverage a version of the ARChitect processor configuration that has been customized to MeP, which will advance the development of Toshiba's next-generation system-on-chip (SoC) based on MeP.