GENEVA, March 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- STMicroelectronics (NYSE:
STM), a world leader in system-on-chip technology, today announced two new
additions to its SPEAr(TM) family of configurable System-on-Chip ICs. The
dual-core SPEAr Plus600, complemented with a single-core variant, SPEAr
Head600, represents a market-unique solution that enables printer, fax,
point-of-sale (POS) and other equipment manufacturers to develop complex
yet flexible digital engines at a fraction of the time and cost required by
a full-custom design approach. Additionally, the possibility to choose
between a single- and a dual-processor device with the same footprint and
architecture will enable manufacturers to address different market segments
for the same application.
"No other product in this market combines low investment costs and
short time to market with flexibility and customizability that ST's SPEAr
chips can provide," said Vittorio Peduto, General Manager of ST's Computer
Systems Division, Computer Peripherals Group. "With these products, ST is
providing its customers with an unprecedented feature set, connectivity and
computing power, and allowing them to address the full market from high-end
to low- and mid-range models using the same architecture and software
Manufactured in 90nm process technology, ST's new SPEAr SoCs integrate
one or two advanced ARM926 processor cores with 16k (data) + 16k
(instruction) of cache memory running at 333MHz (worst case conditions) and
600,000 gates (ASIC-equivalent) of embedded configurable logic,
complemented with memory interface supporting DDR/DDR2 memories and a large
connectivity IP (intellectual property) portfolio.
The DDR/DDR2 memory interface is compatible with DDR2-666 (333MHz)
memories, allowing the same physical pins to drive DDR or DDR2 memories.
The connectivity IP includes an IrDA interface supporting fast IrDA,
Gigabit Ethernet MAC and three USB2.0 ports (1 device and 2 hosts). The new
set of features also includes a XGA LCD controller supporting up to
1024x768-pixel resolution in true color (24-bit) and a JPEG codec.
Additionally, ST's designers paid special attention to electromagnetic
compatibility (EMC) by using a dithered PLL with programmable frequencies
and jitters and LVDS I/Os operating up to 600MHz for high-speed
communication links. Libraries of IP and hardware accelerators are
available to be embedded in the configurable logic. The devices include 136
Kbyte of SRAM and 32 Kbyte of ROM completely available for customers'
With the dual-core SPEAr Plus600, customers can run two different
operating systems on the same chip. This enables, for example, the
integration of the typical functions of a multifunction printer or copier
on a single chip: Linux, or a similar complex operating system, runs on one
processor, handles connectivity and system management, while a RTOS
(Real-Time Operating System) on the second processor manages control
functions, such as motor control or timing of critical interfaces. This
flexibility also allows a processor to function as an accelerator
coprocessor for critical image functions. A dual-core solution also allows
designers to use a common software stack, developed on one processor, and
implement upgrades or additional features on the second processor.
Both the SPEAr Plus600 and the SpearHead600 come complete with a
dedicated development board that allows developing and testing of the
customer system with minimum time and resource requirements. By using an
external FPGA that mirrors the SoC's internal configurable logic block,
designers can proceed with the software and hardware development without
waiting for the final validation. Once the customer SoC passes the
functional qualification, full production can ramp up in eight weeks' time
from the final RTL availability.
Both devices will start sampling for high-volume OEMs by the end of
March 2007. The price is $12 for the SPEAr Plus600 and $10 for the SPEAr
Head 600, in quantities of 20,000 pieces.
Further information on ST's SPEAr family of configurable System-on-Chip
ICs is available at www.st.com/spear.
This press release is also available at
... with links to further information on the SPEAr Plus600 and SPEAr
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semiconductor solutions across the spectrum of microelectronics
applications. An unrivalled combination of silicon and system expertise,
manufacturing strength, Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio and strategic
partners positions the Company at the forefront of System-on-Chip (SoC)
technology and its products play a key role in enabling today's convergence
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revenues were $9.85 billion and net earnings were $782 million. Further
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