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Startup releases free parameterized cores over the Web

Posted: 23 Oct 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IP core? online IP configuration tool? intellectual property? Ethernet?

Think Silicon Ltd, a design services and IP core licensor, has developed an online IP configuration tool called IPGenius.

It is an on-line platform for the generation of parametrizable IP modules than can be used in semiconductor devices. This tool allows the generation of custom-made IP modules designed according to user requirements, packaged and delivered to the end-user via the Internet.

Think Silicon has included a number of free opensource IP cores within its offering. That offering is expected to expand to include a portfolio of proprietary, partner and verified open source semiconductor IP cores that can be parameterized using the Internet.

The free cores include AMBA bus builder cores for both AHB and APB, Ethernet bus ports, a CRC generator and floating-point math functions.

The cores are delivered via email as a .tgz attachment. The design is sent in HDL form together with documentation. For some modules synthesis scripts, testbench and XML metadata are also supplied, Think Silicon said.

"IPGenius provides SoC designers IPs with ease of use that isn't available with other solutions," said Iakovos Stamoulis, director of technology at Think Silicon.

Think Silicon's team worked together for many years as part of a Greek design group of Atmel Corp. They worked at the WLAN/VoIP design center and taped-out 13 SoC architectures and 24 different part numbers for applications in WLAN, VoIP and network processors.

IP Genius could be found here.

- Peter Clarke
EE Times Europe

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