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Raza Microelectronics will acquire the Alchemy product lineup, hints at future AMD products

AMD and Raza Microelectronics have announced a new strategic partnership. The new strategic partnership will transfer AMD’s Alchemy processor product line to Raza Microelectronics, or RMI. Alchemy processors are MIPS processors typically used for embedded products such as the Jack PC and various handheld devices. Raza Microelectronics is a fab-less semiconductor company (FLSC) that produces a line of MIPS processors. With the new partnership Raza Microelectronics will take over the complete product lineup while AMD becomes an investor in Raza Microelectronics.

After the transfer is complete AMD’s processor lineup will consist of all x86 compatible processors (Geode, Athlon, Opteron, Sempron, Turion) while Raza Microelectronics will expand its MIPS processor lineup with the new Alchemy acquisition.

Atiq Raza, Raza Microelectronics chairman, added "RMI endorses AMD64 as the innovation platform for the industry, and fully embraces the Torrenza ecosystem development initiative.”  How Raza Microelectronics will embrace Torrenza technology was not mentioned.  AMD has mentioned that the company will offer embedded processors for its K8L architecture, and by using HTX and HT-3 interconnects from its K8L processors.  The push to consolidate all of AMD's interests into a MIPs-only corporation is perhaps the largest moved by AMD thus far to prove its commitment to the co-processor model.

Both companies are working on a seamless transition process to ease the transition processor for AMD Alchemy customers. There’s no word on whether Raza Microelectronics will continue to market under the Alchemy name or use its own product naming.

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Wow, MIPS is still around?
By Xenoterranos on 6/14/2006 2:45:52 AM , Rating: 1
I honestly though that by now discussion of MIPS was purely academic or historical. I guess Patterson and Hennesy really <really/b> knew what they where doing.

On Topic: I was wondering when AMD was going to get round to doing something with the Alchemy division. I personally would like to see more stuff using the Geode, but a ULV Turion would do just as nicely I suppose. As for co-processors, I can only hope that they don't abandon AM2 any time in the near future, and that Socket F better stick around for more than 2 years too!

RE: Wow, MIPS is still around?
By The Cheeba on 6/14/2006 2:59:37 AM , Rating: 2
I was honestly surprised when I saw alchemy show up in that article a few days ago

RE: Wow, MIPS is still around?
By TheLiberalTruth on 6/14/2006 8:31:32 AM , Rating: 3
I honestly though that by now discussion of MIPS was purely academic or historical.

I guess you've never owned a Playstation, Playstation 2, or PSP? MIPS is used for many other things as well.

RE: Wow, MIPS is still around?
By Samus on 6/14/2006 12:11:10 PM , Rating: 2
Yea, Intel's X-SCALE (strongarm) hasn't killed SH4 and MIPS...yet.

It seems every phone and PDA these days has an X-SCALE though, probably explaining the dramatic drop in battery life in newer smartphones from older ones.

RE: Wow, MIPS is still around?
By mlau on 6/15/2006 12:49:43 PM , Rating: 2
SH4 are used in many Sega game stations (the NAOMI-2) and in
automotive areas.

RE: Wow, MIPS is still around?
By mlau on 6/15/2006 12:55:30 PM , Rating: 2
The x86 instruction set is one of the worst designs, ever; MIPS is a very clean one.

The Au1200 chip in the picture above is a pretty nice
thing for personal video players and such. It has a
built-in mpeg1/2/4 decoder, consumes very low amounts
of power _and_ it's Linux support is better than Windows CE. It is sad that AMD sold Alchemy off,
because AMD's support is excellent. AMD even contributed lots of drivers and code for the Au1200 Linux support.

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