Andes CPU Core Small Die Area and Low Power Consumption Wins New Socket in MediaTek SoCs

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Andes Technology Corporation, the leader in developing easy to integrate, scalable, and configurable CPUs and platforms, announced this month that MediaTek Inc., a leading fabless semiconductor company, has adopted the AndesCore™ N9 CPU IP in their SoCs. The AndesCore™ N9 is intended for deeply embedded applications that require optimal interrupt response time, efficient performance and compact code size, including wireless networking and sensors.

“We are thrilled that AndesCore N9 was selected for use in the MediaTek SoCs,” said Dr. Charlie Su, Chief Technical Officer and SVP of R&D at Andes. “The N9 dramatically reduces the instruction memory size and cost of the SoC through higher code density, when compared to legacy 8- or 16-bit MCUs. Despite the N9’s compact size, it still provides more than 40 percent better performance than competing 32-bit processor cores to enable functionality such as 802.11 drivers and TCP/IP protocol stack for network applications, GPIO and PWM for intelligent control, as well as UART and SPI interfaces for device communication.”

According to market analyst BI (Business Intelligence), smart home device shipments will grow faster than smart phones or other portable devices, at a compound annual rate of 67 percent for the next five years. The market research firm expects as many as 1.8 billion units to ship in 2019, including safety and security devices such as internet-connected sensors, monitors, cameras, and alarm systems and energy management components such as smart thermostats and lights. As Andes customers produce SoCs for this market opportunity, embedded processors such as the N9 will continue to see strong demand.

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