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Processor includes software driver, RTOS support for FPGAS

Posted: 11 Jul 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:processor? FPGA? software driver? RTOS?

Actel Corp. has broadened its support for industry-standard processors to help embedded designers to add easily MCU functionality to its low-power FPGAs.

Complementing its existing Libero Integrated Design Environment and CoreConsole IP Deployment Platform, Actel has added new software drivers and RTOS support. In combination with a complete set of development boards, these offerings further enhance a designers' ability to use processor technology in the company's low-power IGLOO, IGLOO PLUS, ProASIC3L and ProASIC3 FPGAs and its Fusion programmable system chips.

Actel offers a range of processor technologiesfrom its small CoreABC to the high-performance, industry-standard ARM Cortex-M1 processor, allowing designers to select the best processor for their application. To support these cores, Actel has added new software drivers for 15 subsystem IP cores as well as hardware abstraction layer (HAL) support. Additionally, Actel partner Micrium has ported and validated its uC/OS-II RTOS for use with the company's FPGA-optimized ARM Cortex-M1 processor.

"We have seen tremendous interest and a surge in design starts for processor-based designsup by more than 3x over the previous year," said Mike Thompson, senior manager of IP and application solutions marketing, at Actel. "With the industry's use of processor technology in FPGAs trending upwards, we are committed to continuing to broaden our support for our processor offerings, further enabling embedded designers to significantly reduce design complexity and risk when developing system-level designs."

The new software drivers and HALs are available for free download from Actel's Website and can be used with Actel's FPGA-optimized ARM Cortex-M1 processor, CoreMP7 (ARM7), and Core8051s processors. The Micrium uC/OS-II RTOS can be downloaded for free from Micrium's Website for evaluation or development. Actel's M1 IGLOO, M1 ProASIC3, and M1 Fusion development boards are available from Actel with prices starting at $350.

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