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July 30, 1997updated 05 Sep 2016 12:52pm

TOSHIBA ENTERS LOW-END EMBEDDED FRAY WITH MIPS RISC

By CBR Staff Writer

Toshiba America Electronics Components Inc isn’t going to let the likes Hitachi, Advanced RISC Machines and LSI Logic have the potentially lucrative market for low-power, low-cost RISC chips that will turn up in many set-top and other consumer devices all to themselves. It has implemented the Mips 16 instruction set found in the Silicon Graphics Inc chip subsidiary’s 32-bit Mips R3000A processor in a 16-bit TX19 family of embedded microcontrollers. Toshiba says that at $17.50 for 1,000-up beginning next March, TX19 products will match CISC devices in price, as well as other RISC-based embedded parts. The TX19 will also be used to drive other ASIC devices. Like LSI Logic, which already uses the Mips 16 core in its TinyRISC, Toshiba has taken a 32-bit core and used 16-bit instructions to reduce code density by 40%. It operates at 34MHz and up to 3.6V.

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