Soft Machines Inc., Announces World’s First VISC Processor
Soft Machines Inc., a Silicon Valley based company that co-develops microprocessors and SoC products for mobile, networking and cloud markets has revealed a new VISC processor, called Shasta, alongside a SoC roadmap at the Linley Processor Conference. Being the world’s first VISC processor, Shasta will deliver amazing performance efficiency levels.
Soft Machines also disclosed the highly scalable Mojave VISC SoC platform, which can be customized for smart mobile to server applications. Both Shasta and Mojave will be released in 2016.
The VISC architecture was originally revealed in 2014 and offers 2-3 times more instructions per cycle and up to 4 times performance per watt over today’s leading edge CPUs. The architecture is based on virtual cores that allow one processor thread to operate concurrently on multiple cores thereby bypassing many single core frequency issues. It also includes a virtual software layer that makes it portable to all CPU ISAs and ecosystems.
“Delivering the first VISC processor and SoCs is a major achievement for our pioneering microprocessor architecture. We have received several proposals and are working with customers to define Shasta VISC designs for multiple ISAs, virtual core configurations and SoC features to be delivered in 2016,” stated Soft Machines Co-founder, Vice Chairman and CEO Mahesh Lingareddy.
According to the Co-founder, President and CTO Mohammad Abdallah, the Shasta VISC processor is designed for server class performance while staying within mobile power limits. It can also be configured for dual or quad 64-bit virtual cores for various platforms including smartphones, tablets and laptops.