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Xilinx FPGA processor delivers 100 D-MIPS

Posted: 08 May 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:microblaze? picoblaze? virtex ii pro? fpga processor? soft core processor?

Xilinx Inc. has announced the availability of the MicroBlaze 32-bit FPGA processor that delivers 100 Dhrystone MIPS (D-MIPS) when implemented in the company's Virtex-II Pro devices.

Occupying 900 logic cells, the MicroBlaze core is claimed by the company to be the programmable logic industry's fastest and smallest 32-bit processor. "The MicroBlaze solution implemented in the Virtex-II Pro series is the first soft processor to meet the critical performance needs of high-speed and large bandwidth applications," said Mark Aaldering, senior director of the IP Solutions Division at Xilinx.

The MicroBlaze processor solution complements the Xilinx Virtex-II Pro hard processor solution with immersed high performance IBM PowerPC processors. Using the Virtex-II Pro's IP Immersion technology, the company has integrated RISC processing into the Virtex-II fabric which contains advanced Active Interconnect, BlockRAM, and clock management features.

These and additional Virtex-II Pro features such as extra 18-by-18 hard embedded multipliers and BlockRAM, enables the MicroBlaze core to exceed the 100 D-MIPS performance level.

Embedded software tool support for the core is provided via GNU tools.

The company also announced the availability of the PicoBlaze 8-bit soft processor that runs at 116MHz and occupies 154 logic cells. The core is fully embedded, including the program memory, and can be connected to functions and peripherals tuned to a specific design.

Distributed processing over multiple PicoBlaze cores within a single device is suitable for applications such as neural networks and task processing.

"With PicoBlaze and MicroBlaze, designers now can choose from a range of "right sized" solutions from 8 to 32-bits. As a result, adoption of our soft processor solutions is unprecedented and has exceeded our expectations."





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