P-Class P6600 Multiprocessor Core

The MIPS P6600 is a 64-bit processor core that represents an evolution of the MIPS P-class family.

Building on the 32-bit P5600 CPU, and paving the way to future generations of high performance 64-bit MIPS processors, the P6600 is the most efficient mainstream high-performance CPU choice, enabling powerful multicore 64-bit SoCs with optimal area efficiency for applications in segments including home entertainment, networking, automotive, embedded high-performance compute and more.

The MIPS P6600 CPU is based on a wide issue, deeply out-of-order (OoO) implementation utilizing the latest release 6 of the MIPS64 architecture, supporting up to six cores in a single cluster with high performance cache coherency. Complementing this raw horsepower, the core includes 128-bit integer and floating point SIMD processing, hardware virtualization, and larger physical and virtual addressing space coming from the MIPS64 architecture.


The P6600 processor delivers performance in a smaller silicon footprint than leading IP core alternatives. SoC designers can use this efficiency advantage for cost savings, or to implement additional cores to deliver a performance advantage against competing silicon.

P6600 Benefits
  • MIPS64 r6 architecture – provided larger virtual and physical addressing, plus higher performance on 64-bit operations and data movement. Leverages latest release 6 of MIPS64, with optimizations for running JITs, Javascript, Browsers, PIC, etc.
  • MIPS multi-domain security technology based on hardware virtualization – ensuring that applications that need to be secure are effectively and reliably isolated from each other, as well as protected from non-secure applications
  • Sophisticated branch prediction for maximizing utilization and performance on deeply pipelined CPU
  • Broad software and ecosystem support and mature toolchain
  • 128-bit SIMD – accelerates execution of audio, video, graphics, imaging, speech and other DSP-oriented software algorithms, with instruction set designed for development in high level languages such as C, OpenCL
  • Multiple context security platform for enterprise/consumer partitioning, secure content access, payments/transactions, and isolating secure schemes from numerous content sources
  • Load/Store bonding for optimum data movement performance
  • Available as synthesizable IP for implementation in any process node, with standard cells and memories
Base Core Features
  • 64-bit MIPS64® Release 6 Instruction Set Architecture
  • High-performance, 16-stage, wide issue, out-of-order (OoO) pipeline
    • Quad instruction fetch per cycle
    • Triple bonded dispatch per cycle
    • Instruction peak issue of 4 integer and 2 SIMD operations per cycle
    • Sophisticated branch prediction scheme, plus L0/L1/L2 branch target buffers (BTBs), Return Prediction Stack (RPS), Jump Register Cache (JRC)
    • Instruction bonding – merges two 32-bit integer accesses into one 64-bit access, or two 64-bit integer or floating point accesses into one 128-bit access for up to 2x increase on memory-intensive data movement routines
  • L1 cache size for Instruction and Data of 32KB or 64KB each, 4-way set associative
  • New high-performance dual-issue 128-bit SIMD Unit – optional
    • 32 x 128-bit register set, 128-bit loads/stores to/from SIMD unit
    • Native data types:
      • 8-/16-/32-bit integer and fixed point, 16-/32-/64-bit floating point
    • IEEE-754 2008 compliant
    • Runs at full speed with CPU core
  • Full hardware virtualization
    • Provides root and guest privilege levels for kernel and user space
    • Supports multiple guests, with full virtual CPU per guest = guest OSs run unmodified
    • Separate TLBs, COP0 contexts for root and guests –> full isolation, fast context switching, exception and interrupt handling by root
    • HW table walk support in TLB for optimal performance
    • Complete SoC virtualization support (IOMMU and interrupt handling – see multi-core features)
  • Programmable Memory Management Unit (MMU)
    • 48-bit Virtual Addressing
    • 40-bit Physical Addressing – directly addresses up to 1 Terabyte
    • 1st level micro TLBs (uTLBs) – 16 entry instruction TLB, 32 entry data TLB
    • 2nd level TLBs – simultaneous access, variable and fixed page sizes
      • 64×2 entry VTLB, 512×2 entry 4-way set associative FTLB
    • Hardware table walk for fast page refills
  • Power Management Features
    • Multi-core cluster power controller (CPC):
      • Register-based, visible to/controllable by operating system
      • Per CPU voltage domain gating; per CPU clock gating
      • Cluster level DVFS capable
    • Core level
      • Course and fine-grained clock gating throughout core
      • Way prediction on data and instruction L1 caches
      • Instruction and register-based sleep modes
  • EJTAG debug block and interface
Coherent Multi-Core Processor Features
  • Superscalar, deeply OoO multi-core processor
  • Advanced debug capabilities – PDtrace subsystem allows visibility to core- and cluster-level trace information
  • Complete multi-core system designed for maximum cluster-level bandwidth
    • Coherence manager- – supports multi-core configurations up to six cores in a single cluster
    • High-bandwidth 256-bit internal data paths and external system interface
    • Integrated L2 cache (L2$): 4-way set associative, up to 8MB of memory
      • ECC option on L2$ RAM for higher data reliability
      • Configurable wait states to RAM for optimal L2$ design
      • L2$ hardware pre-fetch for higher throughput and performance
    • Up to two IO Coherence Units (IOCU) per coherent processing system
    • Cluster Power Controller (CPC) for voltage/clock gating per-CPU
    • 256-interrupt Global Interrupt Controller (GIC)
    • Virtualization support at system level – IOCUs have IO MMU, and GIC has virtualized interrupts


Target TSMC 28HPM
Frequency 1 GHz – 2+ GHz*
CoreMark/MHz (per core) >5
Total CoreMark @ 1.5GHz >7500 per core
DMIPS/MHz (per core) 3.5
Total DMIPS @ 1.5GHz >5250 per core

Frequencies indicated range from 12T SVt area-optimized in worst case silicon corner, to 12T MVt speed-optimized typical corner silicon. Final production RTL results may vary.

Each base core configuration:
  • 32KB Data/Inst L1 caches with parity, BIST
  • High-speed Integer + Floating Point (SP and DP) SIMD unit
  • Fully-featured MMU, using multi-level TLB
    (I/D uTLBs + 128 entry VTLB + 1024 entry FTLB)
Multi-core cluster configuration:
  • Dual fully-configured P6600 cores per above
  • Coherence Manager + integrated 1MB L2$ w/ECC
  • One hardware IO Coherence Unit (IOCU) port
Implementation libraries/parameters – speed optimized, based on:
  • TSMC 28HPM 12T standard cells + Synopsys memories
  • Worst case, slow-slow corner silicon (zero temp, WCZ)
    with 8% OCV + 25ps clock jitter margins, except where noted at typical silicon