ATi License Fast14 Technology For XBox 2?

Intrinsity and ATI announced a licensing deal Thursday which could give ATI a performance edge in the competitive graphics IC market. Intrinsity, based here, has developed a form of dynamic logic, called Fast14, that it is licensing to ATI “for use in future consumer products.” ATI believes that Fast14 technology can deliver up to four times the performance per silicon dollar when compared with standard design approaches. Intrinsity could not detail which markets would be targeted with the Fast14 logic. Microsoft would work with ATI on graphics technology for the next XBox video game machine. 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.


Intrinsity and ATI announced a licensing deal Thursday which could give ATI a performance edge in the competitive graphics IC market. Intrinsity, based here, has developed a form of dynamic logic, called Fast14, that it is licensing to ATI “for use in future consumer products.” ATI believes that Fast14 technology can deliver up to four times the performance per silicon dollar when compared with standard design approaches. Intrinsity could not detail which markets would be targeted with the Fast14 logic. Microsoft would work with ATI on graphics technology for the next XBox video game machine. 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.

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