Intrinsity was a privately held Austin, Texas based fabless semiconductor company; it was founded in 1997 as EVSX on the remnants of Exponential Technology and changed its name to Intrinsity in 2000. It had around 100 employees and supplied tools and services for highly efficient semiconductor logic design, enabling high performance microprocessors with fewer transistors and low power consumption. The acquisition of the firm by Apple Inc. was confirmed on April 27, 2010.

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  • Intrinsity was a privately held Austin, Texas based fabless semiconductor company; it was founded in 1997 as EVSX on the remnants of Exponential Technology and changed its name to Intrinsity in 2000. It had around 100 employees and supplied tools and services for highly efficient semiconductor logic design, enabling high performance microprocessors with fewer transistors and low power consumption. The acquisition of the firm by Apple Inc. was confirmed on April 27, 2010. (en)
  • Intrinsity 是美國一家高速晶片製造商, 位於美國德州奥斯汀市(Austin)。 1993年成立 Exponential Technology ,從事研發PowerPC 處理器,1997 年關閉公司。其研發團隊後來又成立EVSX,2000年改名為Intrinsity 。 Intrinsity 以發展enhanced RTL FastCore® 和“Fast14 多米諾(骨牌)邏輯”(Fast14 Domino Logic)设计聞名。2009年韓國Samsung曾與Intrinsity 合作推出45nm 的Hummingbird處理器, 這是當時最快的ARM Cortex-A8處理器,频率达到了1GHz, 比一般ARM處理器快上350MHz, 可以达到2000 DMIPS的效能。Hummingbird 還運用了multi-Vdd / multi-frequency (多电压/多频率)技術, 即使在1伏特最小供电电压下,仍能够保證晶片高速运行。Intrinsity 所擁有的技術被稱為 fast14 1-of-n domino逻辑(NDL)技术,1-of-N編碼是指 N 種狀態的電壓值透過 N 個線路(wire)來傳遞給其他N-1個接地(grounded),這會優於以 log(N) 個線路的任意傳遞方式。這一方式可以減少信噪外曝(noise exposure), 另一方面借用(borrow)複雜門(complicated gates)的延遲時鐘周期(delay clock cycle)來進行輸出邏輯的“低延迟”轉態,成为Cortex-A8 RTL内核中时序-关键路径(timing-critical paths)的巨集(macros)。NDL 提供多米诺逻辑与静态逻辑之间的低反应转换,速度提高25%-50%, 在获得高速運行表现的同时還能維持低功耗。 2012年4月蘋果公司終於買下Intrinsity,一般認為是Apple力圖鞏固在行動裝置市場的領先優勢。事實上, 早在2008年蘋果即以2.78億美元收購另一晶片製造商P.A. Semi公司,以建立晶片設計團隊,賈伯斯本人表示:“A4是我們所設計的最先進的晶片”。不過有专家推测,苹果iPad的A4芯片應該是以Intrinsity的芯片为基础。Ars Technica曾指出,Intrinsity與三星電子共同發表的Hummingbird晶片幾乎就是Apple A4的核心。 ARM 與Intrnisity公司達成一項協議,將整合Intrinsity 的Fast14 1-of-N Domino Logic (NDL)技術於更多高效能應用上,例如Cortex-R4處理器擁有將近雙倍時脈。 (zh)
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  • Intrinsity was a privately held Austin, Texas based fabless semiconductor company; it was founded in 1997 as EVSX on the remnants of Exponential Technology and changed its name to Intrinsity in 2000. It had around 100 employees and supplied tools and services for highly efficient semiconductor logic design, enabling high performance microprocessors with fewer transistors and low power consumption. The acquisition of the firm by Apple Inc. was confirmed on April 27, 2010. (en)
  • Intrinsity 是美國一家高速晶片製造商, 位於美國德州奥斯汀市(Austin)。 1993年成立 Exponential Technology ,從事研發PowerPC 處理器,1997 年關閉公司。其研發團隊後來又成立EVSX,2000年改名為Intrinsity 。 Intrinsity 以發展enhanced RTL FastCore® 和“Fast14 多米諾(骨牌)邏輯”(Fast14 Domino Logic)设计聞名。2009年韓國Samsung曾與Intrinsity 合作推出45nm 的Hummingbird處理器, 這是當時最快的ARM Cortex-A8處理器,频率达到了1GHz, 比一般ARM處理器快上350MHz, 可以达到2000 DMIPS的效能。Hummingbird 還運用了multi-Vdd / multi-frequency (多电压/多频率)技術, 即使在1伏特最小供电电压下,仍能够保證晶片高速运行。Intrinsity 所擁有的技術被稱為 fast14 1-of-n domino逻辑(NDL)技术,1-of-N編碼是指 N 種狀態的電壓值透過 N 個線路(wire)來傳遞給其他N-1個接地(grounded),這會優於以 log(N) 個線路的任意傳遞方式。這一方式可以減少信噪外曝(noise exposure), 另一方面借用(borrow)複雜門(complicated gates)的延遲時鐘周期(delay clock cycle)來進行輸出邏輯的“低延迟”轉態,成为Cortex-A8 RTL内核中时序-关键路径(timing-critical paths)的巨集(macros)。NDL 提供多米诺逻辑与静态逻辑之间的低反应转换,速度提高25%-50%, 在获得高速運行表现的同时還能維持低功耗。 (zh)
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