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LinuxDevices: Chip Startup Adopts Linux, Open Cores for PMPs, DTV

Mar 04, 2006, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])

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"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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