Akya Digital Signal Processing:

Ground breaking digital signal processing technology which redefines low cost, low power logic

Application Areas

ART is suited to any application which requires devices to be reconfigurable. The degree of reconfigurability depends on the decisions made when the device is designed and can range from a limited amount such as the ability to change the function of an interface on an SoC to support different standards to a highly reconfigurable solution similar in flexibility to a general-purpose CPU or DSP chip.

Obvious targets for ART include:

  • Fast-moving consumer goods
    • Ability to support multiple product variants with single silicon design
    • Field upgrades for bug-fixes and new features
    • Silicon area savings as multiple standards share silicon resources
  • Support of evolving standards
    • Pre-standard equipment can be fixed by a firmware upgrade when the standard is finalised
  • Greener devices
    • Manufacturers can avoid much of the environmental and financial impact of product obsolescence. ART-based devices can be reused. By building modular devices, the core electronics of a consumer product can be upgraded rather than replaced, with older, less powerful ART-based devices re-purposed for use in lower-specification products.
  • Low-power, flexible devices
    • Portable multimedia devices
    • Mobile telephones
    • Radios and multimedia
    • Automotive
    • Multimedia and driving aids
    • GPS
  • Customisable ASSP
    • ASSP manufacturers can ship parts with significant ART-based computing resources available at key points in datapaths within the ASSP, thereby allowing their customers to modify the function of the ASSP by implementing their own algorithms and/or modifications to the existing algorithms
  • End-product function flexibility
    • A single device can support multiple end-product variants
    • Costs can be further reduced by (for example) speed-grading manufactured parts, and running more complex algorithms on high-speed parts in high-end products, and lower-complexity algorithms on low-speed parts in entry-level products
    • An example of this would be implementing standard definition to high definition picture scaling. High end televisions might use bicubic interpolation, whereas entry-level models might use bilinear interpolation. The same ART hardware could be configured to perform either task
  • Low-volume devices
    • Several variants of a low-volume device may be combined into a single device (with variants differentiated by reconfiguration), with increased production run size making silicon implementation financially viable