Doubtless you will remember our old friend Swedish ASIC/FPGA designer Sven Andersson and the article we posted on his superb 40+ part series titled How to design an FPGA from scratch.
Well, Sven just emailed me to say that he's now working for an ASIC/FPGA design company called ORSoc (OpenRisc – System on Chip). Currently, Sven is working on an embedded FPGA design using the license-free and royalty-free OpenRisc processor OR1200. Sven tells me that all of the IP blocks he is using he is downloading for free from www.OpenCores.org, which is claimed to be the world's largest community for open source hardware IP.
The reason this is of particular interest is that Sven's new company, ORSoC, is a firm believer in the OpenCores.org "philosophy" of developing and providing the technology-world with free, open source hardware development. Thus, in order to ensure the continuing growth of the site/community, ORSoC has officially undertaken the mission to maintain and develop the OpenCores.org site.
The folks at ORSoC say that they will dedicate resources to work with the site/community so as to ensure that IP development continues to ramp up and that the quality of projects and verification will become even higher.
In the longer term, ORSoC say that they will improve the web-site so as to offer even more services and make it easier for engineers to work with IP from OpenCores.
ORSoC say that they would like to see cooperation with different companies to create a "turbo effect" regarding IP development.
For more information, please visit www.ORSoc.se and/or www.OpenCores.org.