Toshiba and MIPS with a new 64-bit processor
The two companies Toshiba and MIPS want to round off their long-term cooperation with a new 64-bit processor, which was developed under the code name Amethyst and will be called TX99. The CPU is operated with a clock rate of more than 1 GHz and manufactured in the 0.1 micron process.
To the others Features include the multimedia unit MIPS-3D ASE (abbreviation for Application Specific Extension). The new CPU is to be used for demanding tasks in cars, digital consumer devices or offices. A Toshiba subsidiary called ArTile (Produces Systems-on-a-Chip) recently presented the new X architecture at the ISSCC (International Solid State Circuit Conference), which is also used as a bus system on the TX99. The first Systems-on-a-Chip with TX99 are expected for the beginning of 2003, but in the further course of the year Toshiba will also release a corresponding microprocessor that could be used in workstations or servers, among other things.