EEMBC Announces Certified Benchmark Scores for Motorola MPC555, NEC VR4122, And Philips TriMedia TM1300

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from EEMBC

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- EEMBC, the embedded microprocessor
 benchmark consortium, today announced the publication of certified benchmark
 scores for three microprocessors -- the Motorola MPC555, the NEC VR4122, and
 the Philips TriMedia TM1300.  Scores for all three devices, which were tested
 and certified by the EEMBC(R) Certification Labs (ECL), are available now on
 the EEMBC Web site (www.eembc.org).
     Launched in 1998, Motorola's PowerPC MPC555 is a 32-bit control unit
 designed to manage engine and transmission control functions for automobiles,
 as well as serving in other embedded and communications applications.  The
 MPC555 contains 448K of flash memory, with most of the remainder devoted to
 peripheral controllers.  The I/O mix includes two CAN (controller-area
 network) controllers and two programmable timing-processing units (TPUs).  The
 new scores for the device were obtained using the Wind River DIAB compiler,
 and were commissioned by Wind River DIAB.
     "The MPC555 is used by a number of major automakers, and EEMBC has
 received numerous requests for benchmark scores on this device by visitors to
 our Web site," said Markus Levy, EEMBC President.  "Wind River is to be
 commended for initiating the certification process for this device, which will
 allow designers to evaluate the performance of the MPC555's core and the DIAB
 compiler based on objective, application-based scores."
     Although NEC's VR4122 is designed for handheld portable computing devices
 and PCI-based systems such as network terminals and auto PCs, NEC certified
 and published scores for all five of the EEMBC benchmark suites.  This will
 help system designers understand the processor's performance in other
 application areas. Built on the MIPS RISC architecture, the VR4122 uses a
 low-power VR4120 CPU core.  Features include an optimized five-stage pipeline,
 a 32-KB instruction cache, a 16-KB data cache, a multiple-and-accumulate (MAC)
 unit, and a memory management unit.
     "NEC continues to maintain its lead as the 'Most Published EEMBC Member,'
 with scores now available from the company's V832, V850E, VR5432, and VR5000,
 in addition to the VR4122," said Levy.  "Certified, published scores are what
 EEMBC is all about, and we appreciate the efforts of NEC and all other members
 who are working to establish this goal."
     "NEC recognizes the value of certified benchmarks based on real-world
 applications," said Karl Auker, assistant general manager of VR Series
 Microprocessors for NEC Electronics.  "Not only do these benchmarks help our
 customers reduce system costs, design cycles, and design risk, they also help
 us better understand the needs of our customers."
     New scores are also available from TriMedia Technologies.  Their VLIW
 processor core was tested in the Philips Semiconductors TM1300 and is the
 first chip in the multimedia processor category to publish scores on the EEMBC
 Web site.  The TM1300 can execute up to five RISC-like instructions in
 parallel every clock cycle.  Furthermore, the individual instructions exploit
 Single Instruction Multiple Data parallelism.
     "Similar to scores released from Tensilica and Texas Instruments, TriMedia
 has gone the 'extra mile' by profiling and optimizing the EEMBC benchmarks to
 provide certified scores on both out-of-the-box and full-fury (optimized)
 code," said Levy.  "Full-fury scores help demonstrate the real potential of a
 processor by ensuring the most efficient use of its on-chip resources."
 
     About EEMBC
     Providing the embedded industry fair and certified benchmarks grounded in
 real-world applications, EEMBC is composed of more than 40 of the world's
 leading and most influential semiconductor and intellectual property
 companies.  EEMBC members are committed to helping customers get product
 easier and faster through fair benchmarking and establishment of industry
 standards.  Benchmarking fairness is provided through the EEMBC Certification
 Labs with offices in Texas and California. Certified benchmarking results are
 posted on the EEMBC Web site at www.eembc.org/benchmark.
     EEMBC standards specify 46 different benchmarks, each representing a
 different workload and stressing a different processor capability.  Benchmark
 suites are organized to test devices for performance in automotive/industrial,
 networking, consumer, and office automation applications.  Simulation-based,
 certified benchmark scores are published in a separate section from
 hardware-based certified benchmark scores on the EEMBC Web site
 (www.eembc.org).
     EEMBC members include Agere Systems, Altera, AMD, ARC, ARM, Analog Devices
 Inc., BOPS, Cadence, Conexant Systems, DSP Group, Equator Technologies,
 Fujitsu Microelectronics, Green Hills Software, Hitachi America Ltd., Improv
 Systems, IBM Corporation, Imsys, Infineon Technologies, Integrated Device
 Technology, Intel, LSI Logic, Metaware, Metrowerks, Microchip Technology, MIPS
 Technologies Inc., Mitsubishi, Motorola, National Semiconductor, NEC, Oki
 Semiconductor, Panasonic, Philips Semiconductors, PMC Sierra, Precise,
 Proceler, Red Hat, SandCraft, STMicroelectronics, Siroyan Ltd., Sun
 Microsystems, 3DSP, Tensilica, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, Transmeta, TriMedia
 Technologies, and Wind River (DIAB).
 
     VISIT EEMBC AT THE EMBEDDED SYSTEMS CONFERENCE BOOTH 430
 
     EEMBC is a registered trademark of the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark
 Consortium.  All other trademarks appearing herein are the property of their
 respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE EEMBC
    SAN FRANCISCO, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- EEMBC, the embedded microprocessor
 benchmark consortium, today announced the publication of certified benchmark
 scores for three microprocessors -- the Motorola MPC555, the NEC VR4122, and
 the Philips TriMedia TM1300.  Scores for all three devices, which were tested
 and certified by the EEMBC(R) Certification Labs (ECL), are available now on
 the EEMBC Web site (www.eembc.org).
     Launched in 1998, Motorola's PowerPC MPC555 is a 32-bit control unit
 designed to manage engine and transmission control functions for automobiles,
 as well as serving in other embedded and communications applications.  The
 MPC555 contains 448K of flash memory, with most of the remainder devoted to
 peripheral controllers.  The I/O mix includes two CAN (controller-area
 network) controllers and two programmable timing-processing units (TPUs).  The
 new scores for the device were obtained using the Wind River DIAB compiler,
 and were commissioned by Wind River DIAB.
     "The MPC555 is used by a number of major automakers, and EEMBC has
 received numerous requests for benchmark scores on this device by visitors to
 our Web site," said Markus Levy, EEMBC President.  "Wind River is to be
 commended for initiating the certification process for this device, which will
 allow designers to evaluate the performance of the MPC555's core and the DIAB
 compiler based on objective, application-based scores."
     Although NEC's VR4122 is designed for handheld portable computing devices
 and PCI-based systems such as network terminals and auto PCs, NEC certified
 and published scores for all five of the EEMBC benchmark suites.  This will
 help system designers understand the processor's performance in other
 application areas. Built on the MIPS RISC architecture, the VR4122 uses a
 low-power VR4120 CPU core.  Features include an optimized five-stage pipeline,
 a 32-KB instruction cache, a 16-KB data cache, a multiple-and-accumulate (MAC)
 unit, and a memory management unit.
     "NEC continues to maintain its lead as the 'Most Published EEMBC Member,'
 with scores now available from the company's V832, V850E, VR5432, and VR5000,
 in addition to the VR4122," said Levy.  "Certified, published scores are what
 EEMBC is all about, and we appreciate the efforts of NEC and all other members
 who are working to establish this goal."
     "NEC recognizes the value of certified benchmarks based on real-world
 applications," said Karl Auker, assistant general manager of VR Series
 Microprocessors for NEC Electronics.  "Not only do these benchmarks help our
 customers reduce system costs, design cycles, and design risk, they also help
 us better understand the needs of our customers."
     New scores are also available from TriMedia Technologies.  Their VLIW
 processor core was tested in the Philips Semiconductors TM1300 and is the
 first chip in the multimedia processor category to publish scores on the EEMBC
 Web site.  The TM1300 can execute up to five RISC-like instructions in
 parallel every clock cycle.  Furthermore, the individual instructions exploit
 Single Instruction Multiple Data parallelism.
     "Similar to scores released from Tensilica and Texas Instruments, TriMedia
 has gone the 'extra mile' by profiling and optimizing the EEMBC benchmarks to
 provide certified scores on both out-of-the-box and full-fury (optimized)
 code," said Levy.  "Full-fury scores help demonstrate the real potential of a
 processor by ensuring the most efficient use of its on-chip resources."
 
     About EEMBC
     Providing the embedded industry fair and certified benchmarks grounded in
 real-world applications, EEMBC is composed of more than 40 of the world's
 leading and most influential semiconductor and intellectual property
 companies.  EEMBC members are committed to helping customers get product
 easier and faster through fair benchmarking and establishment of industry
 standards.  Benchmarking fairness is provided through the EEMBC Certification
 Labs with offices in Texas and California. Certified benchmarking results are
 posted on the EEMBC Web site at www.eembc.org/benchmark.
     EEMBC standards specify 46 different benchmarks, each representing a
 different workload and stressing a different processor capability.  Benchmark
 suites are organized to test devices for performance in automotive/industrial,
 networking, consumer, and office automation applications.  Simulation-based,
 certified benchmark scores are published in a separate section from
 hardware-based certified benchmark scores on the EEMBC Web site
 (www.eembc.org).
     EEMBC members include Agere Systems, Altera, AMD, ARC, ARM, Analog Devices
 Inc., BOPS, Cadence, Conexant Systems, DSP Group, Equator Technologies,
 Fujitsu Microelectronics, Green Hills Software, Hitachi America Ltd., Improv
 Systems, IBM Corporation, Imsys, Infineon Technologies, Integrated Device
 Technology, Intel, LSI Logic, Metaware, Metrowerks, Microchip Technology, MIPS
 Technologies Inc., Mitsubishi, Motorola, National Semiconductor, NEC, Oki
 Semiconductor, Panasonic, Philips Semiconductors, PMC Sierra, Precise,
 Proceler, Red Hat, SandCraft, STMicroelectronics, Siroyan Ltd., Sun
 Microsystems, 3DSP, Tensilica, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, Transmeta, TriMedia
 Technologies, and Wind River (DIAB).
 
     VISIT EEMBC AT THE EMBEDDED SYSTEMS CONFERENCE BOOTH 430
 
     EEMBC is a registered trademark of the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark
 Consortium.  All other trademarks appearing herein are the property of their
 respective owners.
 
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