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EE Times: MachZ boots into embedded realm as 'first' PC-on-chip

Jul 11, 2000, 14:25 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Defining a system-on-chip as "a single-die component that boots," David Feldman, chief executive officer of ZF Linux Devices, says the company's MachZ is the first PC system-on-chip worthy of the name. Housed in a 388-ball plastic ball-grid array measur-ing 35 mm on a side, the low-power, cost-optimized MachZ is claimed to provide quick time-to-market as well as a unique "crash-proof" scheme suited to embedded applications."

"Based on an AMD Elan core running at 133 MHz, the MachZ includes both north-bridge and south-bridge functions and dissipates less than 1/2 watt. It comes equipped with a Phoenix BIOS and a "tailored" version of either Linux or VxWorks, all with appropriate licenses. The chip also carries initialization code that lets it uniquely boot up without external memory or the need to load a BIOS and operating system-the first to provide "autonomous boot," according to the company."

"The MachZ "allows upgrades over the Internet while eliminating the possibility of irrecoverable crashes," said Feldman. It incorporates a redundant boot mechanism "that allows full recovery even when the system BIOS is corrupted," he said."

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