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April 21, 2015 7:30 PM ET

Semiconductors and Semiconductor Equipment

Company Overview of Soft Machines, Inc.

Company Overview

Soft Machines, Inc., a semiconductor startup company, develops and licenses architecture-based microprocessor and system-on-chip products for Internet of things, mobile, cloud, and data center markets. The company was founded in 2006 and is based in Santa Clara, California. It has operations in the United States; Hyderabad, India; and Moscow, Russian Federation.

3211 Scott Boulevard

Suite 202

Santa Clara, CA 95054

United States

Founded in 2006

Phone:

408-969-0215

Fax:

408-969-0378

Key Executives for Soft Machines, Inc.

Founder, Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Co-Founder, President, Chief Technology Officer and Director
Chief Financial Officer
General Director of Russia Operations
Managing Director of India Operations
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Soft Machines, Inc. Key Developments

Soft Machines Inc. Announces Soft Machines VISC Architecture

Soft Machines Inc. announced the Soft Machines VISC architecture. The VISC architecture is a breakthrough in microprocessor performance-per -watt scaling and will significantly improve performance and power for all segments of the computing ecosystem. The VISC architecture has been developed in response to single-core frequency and power-scaling issues and multi-core programming challenges. The VISC architecture is based on the concept of virtual cores and virtual hardware threads. This new approach enables dynamic allocation and sharing of resources across cores. Microprocessors based on CISC and RISC architectures make use of physical cores and software threads, an approach that has been technologically and economically hamstrung by transistor utilization, frequency and power-scaling limitations. The VISC architecture achieves 34 times more instructions per cycle (IPC), resulting in 24 times higher performance per watt on single- and multi-threaded applications. Moreover, VISC uses a light-weight virtual software layer that makes VISC architecture applicable to existing as well as new software ecosystems. The VISC architecture scales by changing the number of virtual cores and virtual threads. This approach provides a single architecture capable of addressing the needs of applications spanning from the Internet of Things (IoT), to mobile, and to data center markets. Soft Machines VISC architecture takes a big step forward in solving the most critical problem in CPU design: single-thread performance, commented Linley Gwennap, principal analyst of The Linley Group. By shifting the burden to hardware, VISC aims to deliver the benefits of multi-threading to all applications.

Soft Machines Inc. Announces the Soft Machines VISC Architecture

Soft Machines Inc. announced the Soft Machines VISC architecture. The VISC architecture is a breakthrough in microprocessor performance-per-watt scaling and will significantly improve performance and power for all segments of the computing ecosystem. The VISC architecture has been developed in response to single-core frequency and power-scaling issues and multi-core programming challenges. The VISC architecture is based on the concept of 'virtual cores' and 'virtual hardware threads.' This new approach enables dynamic allocation and sharing of resources across cores. Microprocessors based on CISC and RISC architectures make use of 'physical cores' and 'software threads,' an approach that has been technologically and economically hamstrung by transistor utilization, frequency and power-scaling limitations. The VISC architecture achieves 3-4 times more instructions per cycle (IPC), resulting in 2-4 times higher performance per watt on single- and multi-threaded applications. Moreover, VISC uses a light-weight 'virtual software layer' that makes VISC architecture applicable to existing as well as new software ecosystems. The VISC architecture scales by changing the number of virtual cores and virtual threads. This approach provides a single architecture capable of addressing the needs of applications spanning from the Internet of Things (IoT), to mobile, and to data center markets.

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