MIPS Technologies has introduced their new Aptiv generation of microprocessor cores divided into 3 families: proAptiv, interAptiv and microAptiv.
The proAptiv core achieves a 4.4 CoreMark/MHz score which according to MIPS is the best score reported for any licensable IP core. It also achieves 3.5 DMIPS/MHz which is abnout the same performance as ARM Cortex A15. This core targeted at high performance applications such as smartphones, tablets, HD STB, automotive infotainment and residential gateways. proAptiv is recommended as an upgrade to MIPS32 74K/1074K cores.
The multi-threaded interAptiv core delivers higher CoreMark/MHz (3.2) than competing cores in similar die area and 1.7 DMIPS/MHz per core. The interAptiv is aimed at mid-range applications such as mainstream STB, digital cameras, mid-range smartphone, broadband CPE (Consumer Premise Equipment) and SATA/SSD controllers.
The microAptiv core is targeted at low power cost sensitive applications such as touchscreen controllers, SIM/security and GPS. MIPS claims it achieves the highest CoreMark/MHz (3.09) score among MCU / DSP solutions. It comes in 2 versions:
- microAptiv MCU core – designed with application-specific features and real-time performance for microcontroller SoC development.
- microAptiv MPU core – includes a cache controller and MMU facilitating embedded system designs executing operating systems that manage virtual memory such as Linux and Android.
microAptiv cores can be used as an upgrade to MIPS32 M14K cores.
The Aptiv core families can be licensed now with proAptiv and interAptiv cores expected to be available by mid-2012 in single (proAptiv only), dual and quad-core configurations. Single core interAptiv will (strangely) only be available by the end of the year. Both the MCU and MPU versions of the microAptiv cores are available now. Even though the silicon is not ready yet, developers can use Imperas MIPS Aptiv models in OVP.
You can find more information on MIPS Aptiv page.
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