[China] China IP provider plans Power family


SAN JOSE, Calif. – China processor core developer C*Core Technology Co. Ltd. will roll out in September a new family of processor cores apparently based on the Power architecture.


C*Core has joined the Power.org group that manages the Power specification. It has released a statement that it will announce its new CPU series and associated development platform at the group's Asia Power Architecture conference in Shenzhen on Sept. 1.


"C*Core is committed to establishing a complete core IC supply chain that will enable us to reduce time to market and deliver a competitive advantage to our customers," said Jiang Zheng, Chairman of the Board of C*Core, speaking in a press statement.


"Power architecture technology will play a pivotal role in helping us deliver on this promise by affording C*Core with unique opportunities, like the Asia conference, to collaborate closely with our customers and industry experts in an effort to further advance and deliver solutions that propel next-generation applications," Zheng added.


To date C*Core (Suzhou, China) has been supplying a family of about a dozen processor cores based on the 32-bit M*Core licensed from Motorola. However a Power.org statement said the company is "already actively developing with Power Architecture technology."


According to the Power.org statement, the existing C*Core family of CPU cores has "dominated China’s embedded market with the number one market share for the past seven years."


The cores are widely used by government research organizations and companies including Hangzhou Guoxin, Lenovo, Huada, BYD, Tsinghua Tongfang, Fudan, Fujitsu and others, the statement said.  The embedded CPU cores are used in a range of product areas in China including consumer electronics, information security, industrial control, mobile storage and office automation.


"Power.org continues to attract market leaders like C*Core who…drive new standards in innovation," said Elmer Corbin, member of the Power.org board, speaking in the press statement.


"C*Core’s design platform and services, systems solutions and licensing strategies offer customers the ability to leverage their technology with Power Architecture solutions to optimize the development budgets, and shorten time to market," he added.


Anecdotal reports say hundreds of IC design companies are cropping up in China and Taiwan, several of them focusing on CPU cores that could compete with ARM, MIPS and Tensilica. EE Times Confidential recently compiled a report of the top IC design companies in China. It also profiled Andes Technology, Taiwan's leading developer of processor cores.


Source: EETimes