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ISIS IP Picks EnSilicas eSi-RISC for Second-Generation DAB Baseband Solution

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November 08, 2010

ISIS IP Picks EnSilicas eSi-RISC for Second-Generation DAB Baseband Solution

By Jai C.S., TMCnet Contributor

ISIS IP, a Chinese fabless semiconductor company focusing on DAB/DAB+/DMB baseband solutions, chose EnSilica’s eSi-RISC family of soft processor cores as the MCU for its second-generation DAB baseband solution.

EnSilica is a provider of front-end IC design services. eSi-RISC is a family of highly configurable and low-power soft processor cores ideally suited to the demands of the communications industry. It scales across a wide range of applications and uniquely supports both 16 and 32-bit configurations and has been extensively silicon proven in a number of ASIC and FPGA technologies.

An ISIS IP official clarified that the company chose EnSilicas eSi-RISC for both technical and commercial reasons after an extensive evaluation of the available processor options that would facilitate greater system integration.

“We chose the eSi-1600 for our second-generation integrated DAB baseband solution for its excellent code density and the ability to optimize the core to reduce overall power for our specific application,” said Guoyu Wang, co-founder and chief executive officer at ISIS IP, in a statement.

Wang also mentioned that his company is fully expecting the highly integrated nature of its second-generation integrated DAB baseband solution featuring eSi-RISC to open up a host of new and exciting opportunities for the company.

ISIS IPs 2nd generation DAB baseband solution will be a system-on-chip design with EnSilicas eSi-1600 16-bit soft processor core providing on-chip MCU capability. EnSilicas eSi-1600 will replace the discrete ARM (News - Alert)-based MCU used in ISIS IPs current DAB solution.

In addition, the eSi-RISC has enabled ISIS IP to integrate a full-featured MCU into its second-generation DAB baseband solution significantly reducing overall power and creating a solution that also supports DAB+, DMB-Radio and FM as well as providing an MP3 and AC3 audio player. With a substantially reduced bill of materials, coupled with EnSilicas commercial licensing arrangements for eSi-RISC, ISIS IPs second-generation integrated DAB baseband solution is believed to be even more cost and performance competitive than its current solution.

“This exciting design win for ISIS IPs second-generation integrated DAB baseband solution reflects our increasing success with fabless semiconductor companies and eSi-RISCs undoubted appeal to the design demands of the fabless business model,” said Ian Lankshear, managing director of EnSilica.

In related news, EnSilica became a member of Xilinx (News - Alert) Alliance Program. Recognizing the depth of experience within EnSilica for supporting complex FPGA designs and knowledge of the Xilinx product family, the company was accepted as a member of the Xilinx Alliance Program. Click here to read more about this release.

Jai C.S. is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jai's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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