ATI licenses chip design tech
ATI has inked a deal to use some new design tools in its upcoming chips, and it's making some pretty big claims about the tools' benefits. The press release
includes a claim from ATI's engineering veep that the tech, from a company called Intrinsity, "can deliver up to four times the performance per silicon dollar when compared with standard design approaches." EETimes has the details
The licensing deal includes design services, EDA tools, and other intellectual property needed to implement dynamic logic. Historically, small portions of microprocessors have been hand-crafted with dynamic logic, which if properly implemented can run faster than static logic, although at somewhat higher power consumption.
I'd expect these tools to see use one generation beyond the rumored R4x0 chip ATI should release next, perhaps in the next Xbox GPU. (Thanks to Orion for the news tip.)