Claiming the title of the industry’s first complex domain, extended precision VLIW DSP core, the mAgic delivers up to one GFLOPS at 100 MHz and provides single-cycle execution of complex arithmetic operations, including FFT butterflies and vector2 arithmetic. The core exhibits 40-bit precision with a 32-bit mantissa and an 8-bit exponent field. Its 100-MHz clock rate is said to reduce the need for pipelining, resulting in a higher throughput than faster DSPs. In terms of being a true complex domain architecture, the core is a 128-bit instruction word DSP that simultaneously executes both real and imaginary operations. It includes ten floating- and fixed-point operators, four multipliers, three adders, and three subtractors, arranged in two parallel blocks. Data memory is configured as 512 40-bit registers in two banks of 256 registers, and an additional 80 KB of internal dual-port data memory consists of two sets of three 2k x 40-bit pages. The 8k x 128-bit single-port program memory stores approximately 24,000 instruction cycles of compressed code. The core comes with a visual, modular application development environment (MADE) that includes a macro-assembler/optimizer, GNU compilers, eCos RTOS, and a unified debugging environment. For more details and price, contact ATMEL CORP., San Jose, CA. (408) 441-0311.
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