Yokemate of Keyboards
Posts: 11053 from 2003/5/22
>> I don't know if anyone is even developing a MIPs server chip,
>> never mind a competitive one.
> the market needs a server processor which is power efficient
Where is it? Which current MIPS core is suited for that?
>> I estimate development of a SoC as described by you would cost at
>> least 150 million USD.
> it may be possible to pay a cost per unit produced for the IP licencing, this allows much
> lower upfront costs (but much higher total costs).
Due to its single CPU core, the SoC wouldn't be popular with anything other than single-core operating systems such as Amiga-like OS. I doubt IP licensors would go without fixed licensing fee in this case.
> For the cost of the hardware engineers, the key is to have only 3 engineers to
> keep costs reasonnable. This cost can be brought even lower if we find some who
> are former Amiga users and do it as a labour of love [...].
The chip you described (multi-GHz, GPU, hardware overlay, SATA, USB3, GbE, IP hardware offloading, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NOR flash, DCT/IDCT/FFT/IFFT, layer-4 protocol checksum offloading, IR decoding, GDDR3-SGRAM and RLDRAM3 controllers) would be a very complex SoC. Three or less engineers developing this SoC in their spare time would need something like a decade to get it ready for the market. In conclusion, I still think you're a dreamer.
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