SOURCE: Sonics, Inc.

Sonics, Inc.

October 23, 2012 08:00 ET

Sonics Unveils Next-Generation SonicsGN

New Cache Coherency and Security Features Help Customers Build High-Performance SoCs for Cloud-Connected Devices

MILPITAS, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 23, 2012) - Sonics, Inc., the leader of system IP for cloud-scale SoCs, today unveiled the next generation of its SonicsGN™ (SGN) NoC -- the latest product in the company's broad portfolio of System IP that includes on-chip networks, memory and security subsystems, as well as SoC performance analysis tools. SGN's numerous advanced new features -- like I/O coherency, multichannel memory interleaving and security firewalls -- help designers build high-performance SoCs for cloud-connected devices, like smartphones, tablets and notebooks.

"Consumers expect their cloud-connected devices to quickly process applications and high-bandwidth content -- like HD videos, music and video games -- without draining battery life," said Sonics Chief Technology Officer Drew Wingard. "Those demands force SoC designers to develop extremely complex SoCs that combine more than one hundred on-chip IP cores together with multiple CPU and GPU computing cores. Our next-generation SGN gives SoC designers the performance and advanced features they need to support numerous diverse mobile-computing applications."

Cloud-connected devices require disparate components, like CPUs and GPUs, to work together quickly and seamlessly while extending battery life. Next-generation SGN's I/O coherence and memory barrier support super charges SoC performance, without draining energy, using both AMBA® ACE-Lite and existing interfaces. Additionally, its cycle accurate SystemC models enable fast architecture exploration and its patent-pending interleaved memory technology give developers the power to tap into the performance scalability of multichannel DRAM systems without rewriting software to manually balance the performance loading for each use case scenario and memory configuration.

Consumers increasingly use their cloud-connected devices to make purchases online and at the point-of-sale. Next-generation SGN's patented per target security firewalls enforce security policies based on TrustZone® signaling and support multiple independent protection domains that make the SoC extremely secure. 

On Oct. 16, Sonics announced that its licensee shipments surpassed two billion units worldwide, fueled by the growing demand for high-bandwidth content on cloud-connected devices. Next-generation SGN's performance and advanced new features will help designers build new SoCs that power a new generation of cloud-connected devices and accelerate Sonics' time to shipping another two billion units worldwide. 

"Without question, demand for complete system IP will continue to skyrocket along with the demand for cloud-connected devices," said Forward Concepts Principal Analyst Will Strauss. "By delivering network, memory, power and security capabilities, Sonics has set the next-generation SonicsGN apart from the pack and is offering its customers an invaluable new asset." 

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About Sonics
Sonics, Inc. is the leader of system IP for cloud-scale SoCs. As a pioneer of network-on-chip (NoC) technology, Sonics offers SoC designers one of the world's largest portfolios of system IP for mobile, digital entertainment, wireless and home networking. With a broad array of silicon-proven IP, Sonics helps designers eliminate memory bottlenecks associated with complex, high-speed SoC design, streamline and unify data flows and solve persistent network challenges in embedded systems with multiple cores. Sonics has more than 137 patent properties to date and has enabled its customers to ship more than two billion chips worldwide through the end of 2012. Founded in 1996, Sonics is headquartered in Milpitas, Calif., with offices worldwide. For more information, please visit,, and follow us on Twitter at

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