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Toshiba announces ARM Cortex A9 based Visconti chip

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Thu Feb 28 2013, 13:40
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CHIPMAKER Toshiba has updated its Visconti image recognition processor sporting two Cortex A9 cores with six floating point units.

Toshiba introduced its Visconti image processor in 2004 and updated it in 2011, however the firm didn't wait seven years to update the chip with increased processing power. The firm announced the Visconti 3 chip sporting two ARM Cortex A9 based cores, each with three floating point units.

Toshiba said its Visconti 3 chip will have 64GB of Mask ROM, 2MB of SRAM and support DDR2 533MHz memory. It said the chip has a single lane PCI Express interface and uses plastic BGA packaging.

According to Toshiba the Visconti chip is aimed at the automotive industry rather than consumer electronics. The firm said that the chip can be used to detect traffic lanes, vehicles and traffic signs, even claiming that the chip has a high detection rate for pedestrians.

Chip vendors such as Toshiba are looking to the automotive industry to prop up demand for semiconductor products. Toshiba said that the Euro NCAP body will require carmakers to introduce autonomous braking systems in 2014 and believes its chips can be used as part of such systems.

Toshiba said it will start sampling its Visconti 3 chip in April with the parts expected to enter mass production in January 2014. The firm has high hopes for the chip, citing expected sales of 100,000 units in the first year and forecasting sales of two million in fiscal 2015. µ


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