Wave Semiconductor Selects Andes Technology for Embedded Core Wave to use N9 5-stage pipeline CPU Core


Andes’ Ease of SoC IP Integration, High Performance and Low Power Consumption 
All in a Compact Silicon Footprint Contributed to Winning the Business

【 San Jose, Calif.】– November 11, 2015 – Andes Technology Corporation, the leading Asia-based suppliers of small, low-power, high performance 32-bit embedded CPU cores, today announced that Wave Semiconductor (www.wavesemi.com) has licensed Andes low power, N9 32-bit, 5-stage pipeline CPU core and Andes AE210P peripherals for a new chip design. Wave selected the Andes core to provide boot–time configuration and continuous monitoring of Wave’s SoC operation. The ease of integrating the Andes N9 and peripherals into its larger SoC design, the native AXI4 support, high performance at low power consumption, and small silicon footprint contributed to Wave’s decision.

“We are pleased with our choice of the Andes N9 CPU core for our next SoC design,” said Richard Terrill, Vice President of Marketing at Wave Semiconductor. “We needed a small but powerful CPU to manage critical tasks at power-up boot and on-going observation of chip operation. The N9’s programming tools and support of the AXI bus interface fit our requirements nicely.  Its straightforward synthesis made for integration into our larger design and its small silicon footprint provided an added bonus.”

“Andes is thrilled that Wave Semiconductor chose our N9 CPU core for their new SoC design,” said Frankwell Lin, President of Andes Technology Corporation. “The N9 delivers high performance in a small gate count and on a low power budget. Its ability to provide low-latency vectored interrupt makes it very efficient for high performance real time monitoring. The N9’s ability to mix 16- and 32-bit instruction format enables compact code and the five-stage clock-gated pipeline contributes to the core’s 3.43 CoreMark/MHz performance, while its power management instructions conserve power.”

About Wave Semiconductor
Wave is a systems startup that has developed a low power, high-performance data flow computing platform to accelerate critical applications such as machine learning (CNN/DNN/AI), national/cyber security, unstructured search and big data analytics. Wave is developing a family of compute acceleration hardware ranging from OCP mezzanine to 1U appliances, all based on their proprietary Byte-Fabric™ programmable SOCs. By placing special emphasis on low-power computing, Wave offers best-in-class performance as measured in operations/Watt. The company is venture-backed (Tallwood and Southern Cross) and staffed with a cadre of industry veterans and entrepreneurs.

About Andes Technology Corporation
Andes Technology Corporation is a leader in developing high-performance/low-power 32-bit processors and its associated SoC platforms to serve the rapidly growing embedded system applications worldwide. The company’s broad and deep technical expertise in microprocessor, system architecture, operating system, software tool chain development, and SoC VLSI implementation enables designers to shorten their time-to-market with quality designs. In addition, Andes’ innovative configurable platform solution allows design teams to construct unique system architecture and hardware/software partitioning to achieve the optimal SoC.  For more information visit http://www.andestech.com.