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IP cores optimized for radiation-tolerant FPGAs

Posted: 22 May 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Actel? Core1553BRT-EBR? CoreCORDIC RTL?

Actel Corp. has announced the availability of two new IP coresthe Core1553BRT-EBR and CoreCORDIC RTLdesigned for use with the company's radiation-tolerant FPGAs.

In support of the emerging SAE AS5682 standard, Actel said the new Core1553BRT-EBR is a dual-redundant EBR remote terminal core that offers the reliability and data rates required for high-bandwidth applications such as radar and laser targeting. The CoreCORDIC RTL core is offered free of charge to enable designers to build configurable DSP systems such as digital receivers and cable modems.

The Core1553BRT-EBR's time-multiplexed serial data bus supports 10Mbps data rate. The core can be configured to interface with on-chip or external memory as well as RS485 transceivers. It also features fail-safe state machines that protect the state machine from entering an illegal state in a high-radiation environment such as in an aircraft or a satellite.

The CoreCORDIC algorithm calculates hyperbolic and trigonometric functions. It also performs coordinate transformations between rectangular and polar coordinates. Unlike competing products, CoreCORDIC offers three architectural options: a small, bit-serial architecture; a word-serial architecture for moderate performance and size; and, a parallel-pipelined architecture for high-performance applications. Its generator creates a user-defined test bench and RTL model, which is easily integrated into larger designs.

Core1553BRT-EBR is available at $10,000 for a single-use netlist. CoreCORDIC generator is available free of charge to Actel FPGA customers.

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