EL DORADO HILLS, Calif., March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The Embedded
Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium today announced that P.A. Semi, a
fabless semiconductor start-up that last month began sampling products from
its new PWRficient(TM) processor family, has become EEMBC's newest member.
P.A. Semi joins EEMBC as a member of the consortium's board of
directors, with full voting rights on all major issues decided by the
consortium, plus full access to all of the EEMBC(R) benchmarks.
"P.A. Semi and EEMBC share a keen awareness of the growing importance
of processor energy consumption and multicore processors," said Markus
Levy, EEMBC president. "We are thus looking forward to the contribution
that P.A. Semi will make to the consortium as EEMBC's EnergyBench tool
continues to gain traction in the marketplace and more and more designers
recognize the importance of measuring processor energy consumption with
respect to strictly defined workloads according to standardized criteria."
P.A. Semi's dual-core PA6T-1682M PWRficient processor is based on IBM's
Power Architecture(TM). The 1682M features two 2-GHz processors (each with
its own dual-integer, floating-point, and VMX vector-processing units), 2
MB of level-two cache, two DDR-2 memory controllers and hardware-assist
engines for TCP/IP acceleration, security, CRC checksum, and XOR
computation. The device also integrates a flexible I/O subsystem that
supports eight PCI Express controllers, two 10-Gigabit Ethernet
controllers, and four Gigabit Ethernet controllers that share 24
configurable SERDES lanes.
"We are pleased to join EEMBC, as it provides a very comprehensive
suite of standard embedded benchmarks that align very well with P.A. Semi's
target markets and customers," said Peter Bannon, vice president of
architecture and verification at P.A. Semi. "We look forward to being able
to showcase the performance and power of our dual-core PWRficient
processors using EEMBC's various benchmark suites and EnergyBench tool."
P.A. Semi was established in 2003 by industry veterans including Dan
Dobberpuhl, the lead designer of the DEC Alpha and StrongARM
microprocessors and the first multicore system on chip, the SiByte 1250.
P.A. Semi's PWRficient processors are based on, and fully
software-compatible with, the highly regarded Power Architecture(TM)
instruction set, licensed to P.A. Semi by IBM. The company's first
dual-core system on chip processor, the PA6T-1682M, is targeted at the
high-performance embedded computing and control markets.
EEMBC, the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium, develops and
certifies real-world benchmarks and benchmark scores to help designers
select the right embedded processors for their systems. Every processor
submitted for EEMBC benchmarking is tested for parameters representing
different workloads and capabilities in communications, networking,
consumer, office automation, automotive/industrial, embedded Java, and
network storage-related applications. With members including leading
semiconductor, intellectual property, and compiler companies, EEMBC
establishes benchmark standards and provides certified benchmarking results
through the EEMBC Technology Center.
EEMBC's members include Adaptec, Altera, AMD, Analog Devices, ARC
International, ARM, Artifex Software, Atmel, Broadcom, Code Sourcery,
esmertec, Freescale Semiconductor, Fujitsu Microelectronics, Green Hills
Software, IAR Systems AB, IBM, Imagination Technologies, Improv Systems,
Infineon Technologies, Intel, LSI Logic, Marvell Semiconductor, Matsushita
Electric Industrial, Mentor Graphics, Microchip Technology, MIPS
Technologies, National Instruments, NEC Electronics, NETCLEUS Systems,
Nokia, NXP Semiconductors, Oki Electric Industry Co, P.A. Semi, PMC-Sierra,
Qualcomm, Realtek Semiconductor, Red Hat, Renesas Technology, Sony Computer
Entertainment, ST Microelectronics, Sun Microsystems, Tensilica, Texas
Instruments, Toshiba, VIA Technologies, and Wind River Systems.
EEMBC is a registered trademark of the Embedded Microprocessor
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