Minneapolis, Minn.--August 17, 1998--Silicore Corp. (Minneapolis) announcedthe release of its latest VHDL microprocessor core, for useon FPGA or ASIC devices. Typical applications include sensors, medicaldevices, and consumer electronics.
The core allows the user to create a complete, single-chip microcontroller on the desktop. It requiresonly 10 to 25 percent of an FPGA part (including RAM and instruction ROM), leavingroom for added peripherals. Furthermore, it can befabricated using a wide variety of package types, speeds, and temperatureranges. For high volume production, it can be moved into an ASICdevice.
The Silicore SLC1655 core includes an 8-bit RISC processor, RAM, ROM,counter/timer and power-down logic. A complete evaluation kit, using aLucent ORCA FPGA, is available. Typical operating speeds are 5-10 MIPS. Itis delivered as a VHDL soft core, and is portable across many brands ofFPGA parts such as those available from Lucent, Xilinx, and Altera.
The core is software-compatible with the PIC series of microcontrollersfrom Microchip Technology. Many third-party software tools suchas assemblers, simulators, and C compilers are available for the SilicoreSLC1655. Furthermore, the core can run at twice the speed of theMicrochip counterpart on FPGA hardware.
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