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Practical Benefits of Multi-threaded RISC/DSP Processing

Authored on: Mar 19, 2009 by David W. Knox

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The Imagination Technologies Ltd. (IMG) META processor is the first commercially available multi-threaded IP (Intellectual Property) core. A common architecture for both RISC and DSP instructions, in combination with hardware multi-threading, allows complex systems to be built around a single processor core, where previously two or more different processors would have been used together. This has already proved beneficial in volume real-time systems supporting broadcast and multimedia requirements, including digital radio and digital television receivers. These systems used early versions of META It is expected that the licensable META 120 IP core will form the basis of many future SoC products.

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