Toshiba Launches New Microprocessor for Network Applications and Printers|
27 September, 2001
Tokyo--Toshiba Corporation today announced a 64-bit microprocessor, TMPR7901, designed to support such demanding applications as high performance network products and network printers and enhanced image processing for car navigation systems.
The core of the new reduced instruction set computer (RISC) microprocessor, the TX79 family, was developed by ArTile Microsystems, Inc., a fully-owned subsidiary of Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. The core of the processor is based on know-how cultivated in the joint-development with Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. of EmotionEngine, the processor used in PlayStation2. It has a superscalar architecture that can simultaneously execute two tasks, a synchronous DRAM controller supporting the PC100 specification, and two 32-bit PCI bus interfaces for expansion of built-in systems. Integration of an Ethernet/media access controller (MAC) and enhanced LAN support assure total support for network printers and set-top boxes.
Samples of TMPR7901 will be available from March 2002 at a sample price of 9,000 yen. Mass production will start from June 2002 at 100,000 units per month.
Background of Development
Continued progress in IT and the emergence of digital broadcasting are stimulating demand for high performance microprocessors with the processing speed and capabilities to support advances in such products as set-top boxes and network printer. TMPR7901, the first product in the new "TX79" family, meets these needs by integrating high end support for essential peripheral functions, including memory controller, PCI bus, direct memory access (DMA) controller and Ethernet/MAC. TMPR7901 also has fewer external components, that offers simplified system circuit board design.
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