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A 2 V 250 MHz VLIW Multimedia Processor
Toyohiko YOSHIDA Akira YAMADA Edgar HOLMANN Hidehiro TAKATA Atsushi MOHRI Yukihiko SHIMAZU Kiyoshi NAKAKIMURA Keiichi HIGASHITANI
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics
Publication Date: 1998/05/25
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on Multimedia, Network, and DRAM LSIs)
multimedia processor, media processor, VLIW, MPEG, AC-3, microprocessor,
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A dual-issue VLIW processor, running at 250 MHz, is enhanced with multimedia instructions for a sustained peak performance of 1000MOPS. The multimedia processor integrates 300 K transistors in an 8 mm2 core area and it is fabricated onto a 6 mm6. 2 mm chip with 32 kB instruction and 32 kB data RAMs in a 0. 3-micrometer, four-layer metal CMOS process. It consumes 1. 2 W at 2. 0 V running at 250 MHz. The VLIW processor achieves a speed-up of more than 4 times over a single-issue RISC for MPEG video block decoding. A decoder implemented on the multimedia processor with a small amount of dedicated hardware, such as the Huffman decoder and a DMA controller will decode the worst case 88 video block data in 754 cycles, leading to a real-time MPEG-2 system, video, and audio decoding system.