LONDON Ė Trace32 debugger software development tools from Lauterbach GmbH (Hoehenkirchen-Sigertsbrunn, Germany) now support the BA22 family of royalty-free microprocessor cores from processor IP licensor Beyond Semiconductor d.o.o. (Ljubljana, Slovenia).
Beyond was co-founded in 2005 by Damjan Lampret, who had previously founded the OpenCores organization and led the development of the OpenRISC 32-bit processor architecture.
Beyond reworked the OpenRISC architecture as BA1 and introduced the BA12 and BA14 cores. The BA2 architecture is a refinement of BA1 and is the basis of the BA22 processor core.
BA22 offers ARM9/ARM11 levels of performance at 1.36-DMIPS/MHz and has better than Thumb-2 code density, according to Beyond. In addition, Beyond offers a royalty-free business model so that customers pay a one-off license fee to use the design. The configurable processor IP family extends from deeply-embedded CPUs suitable for low-power SoC designs, up to high-performance application processor cores running operation systems such as Linux, the company said. The availability of a family of peripherals make the BA22 a suitable replacement for the 8-bit 8051, the company claims.
"Customers are building increasingly complex applications around our BA22 processors, and need more advanced software debug tools with operating system awareness. We are excited that they can now choose proven Lauterbach Trace32 tools to shorten their software development cycle, even to debug multiprocessor/multicore system with mixed Beyond and third party CPU cores," said Matjaz Breskvar, chief executive officer of Beyond Semiconductor, in a statement.
"Lauterbach is committed to continue bringing additional features and future extensions to customers using Beyond Semiconductor BA22 family of processors". said Norbert Weiss, international sales and marketing manager at Lauterbach, in the same statement.
Licensees of Beyond Semiconductor processers include: STMicroelectronics, Ericsson, Jennic Ltd., which is now part of NXP Semiconductor, Lattice Semiconductor and Omnivision.
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