OpenRISC 1200 used in Vivace's multimedia chip

by lampret on 2006-03-03
A fabless semiconductor startup focused on "multi-function video processing chips" has adopted Linux and an open-source RISC core. Vivace Semiconductor's roadmap, unveiled at a venture capital event today in San Francisco, includes a VSP200 chip targeting portable video players, and a VSP300 chip targeting high-definition integrated digital TVs (DTVs).

Both of Vivace's chips will run Linux 2.6 on a "Vivid Media" processor that integrates an OpenRISC 1200 core with a collection of engines said to compress, decompress, and decrypt in parallel, allowing multiple media functions to be executed on a single silicon block rather than on different co-processors.
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