Alchemy Introduces Second High Performance, Low Power Processor At Microsoft Windows Embedded Developers Conference
Second Product to Market in Less than 12 Months Integrates PCI Interface for Gateway and Thin Client Markets
LAS VEGAS, NV (DEVCON) --
Alchemy Semiconductor, Inc.™, an Austin-based fabless semiconductor company, announced the introduction of their high-performance, low power, highly integrated Au1500 microprocessor at the Microsoft Windows Embedded Developers Conference (DevCon) in Las Vegas November 28-30, 2001. Company representatives will exhibit the MIPS32™-based (NASDAQ: MIPS) Au1500's power, performance and scalability, displaying its highly integrated PCI interface, on-chip memory controllers and Internet access peripherals. The performance and typical power scalability ranges from 333 MHz at less than 400 mW, 400 MHz at 700 mW to 500 MHz at 1.2W.
Targeted for the rapidly expanding range of communications client devices, networking applications and communications infrastructure markets, the Au1500 employs a 66 MHz PCI 2.2 controller and is optimized for thin client devices and gateways; and for network-oriented embedded and streaming media applications. The Au1500 runs a variety of operating systems, including Windows® CE, Linux® and VxWorks®. The Alchemy Pb1500 development board is also available for system software development and hardware evaluation.
Jim Moore, Alchemy's President and CEO, emphasized the importance of Alchemy staying on its technology roadmap and introducing its second product in 2001.
"The next generation devices are being designed now, so it's important that we make available the optimum power and performance microprocessor for those design engineers," said Moore. "With this introduction, Alchemy has once again demonstrated that we deliver real products on time; first with the Au1000 - which is the only processor available now in its performance and power class - and now with the Au1500."
The Au1500 introduction also gives Alchemy the versatility of quickly entering new market segments.
"The addition of the PCI interface to the Au1500 allows Alchemy to expand into new markets, with an industry standard interface that can connect to a variety of networking components," said Shane Rau, IDC research analyst. "Gateways and other networking applications can now easily and immediately take advantage of the high clock speed and power management features that are trademarks of the Alchemy product line."
DevCon is being held at the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas, and Alchemy will be at Booth 46. The conference is attended by embedded systems hardware and software developers, applications developers, design engineers and development managers. In addition to its Au1500 demonstration, Alchemy will also host a demonstration of its flagship Au1000 processor running the Microsoft Windows CE .NET operating system.
Pricing and Availability
Customer sampling of the 400 MHz version will begin in December, 2001. Pricing for the 333 MHz version of the Au1500 is $39; and $43 for the 400 MHz version, both in 10K lots. The Pb1500 development board is priced at $4000.
About Alchemy Semiconductor
Founded in Austin, Texas, in 1999, Alchemy Semiconductor is a fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops and markets high performance, yet very low power systems-on-a-chip (SoCs) for the Internet Edge Device market. These devices include wireless hand-held enterprise PDA, information appliances and remote Internet access products. The company's founding team includes world-renown embedded microprocessor architects, led by former DEC Alpha / StrongARM design team members, allowing for a combination of proven design execution and MIPS performance technology to achieve high performance, low power dissipation and system integration in its Internet Edge Processor. Alchemy's headquarters are at 7800 Shoal Creek Blvd., Suite 222W, Austin, Texas 78757; or go to www.alchemysemi.com
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