, Inc., is a fabless semiconductor company
founded in 2003 and based in Beaverton
. Ambric produces Massively Parallel Processor Array
, for high-performance embedded systems
and hardware acceleration
of desktop computer
Ambric's MPPA devices are used for broadcast-quality high-definition video compression
and analysis, image recognition
, medical imaging
, network processing
, software defined radio
and other compute-intensive streaming media
applications, which otherwise would use FPGA
chips. The company claims advantages include higher performance and energy efficiency
, higher productivity due to software programming
rather than hardware design
, and off-the-shelf
and IntellaSys, and the ASAP
research chip. Related multicore
devices include Aspex
and others. The more established processor companies Texas Instruments
are also starting to do multicore
products, but at present with a lower number of processors (typically 3-8).
gave a 2006 MPR Analysts’ Choice Award for Innovation to Ambric "for the design concept and architecture of its massively parallel processor, the Am2045".
- Tom Halfhill, "Ambric's New Parallel Processor", Microprocessor Report, October 10, 2006.
- Tom Halfhill, "MPR Innovation Award: Ambric", Microprocessor Report, February 20, 2007.