Altera, MIPS roll FPGA-optimized soft processor
5/2/2011 3:30 PM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO—Altera Corp., MIPS Technologies Inc. and System Level Solutions Corp. (SLS) Monday introduced a MIPS-based FPGA optimized soft processor for use on Altera's FPGAs and ASICs to create solutions for networking, video and digital signal processing applications.
According to the companies, the MP32 processor is a MIPS-compatible applications class processor that inherits one of the largest ecosystems of software development tools and operating system support in the industry. The MP32 processor is the industry's first FPGA-based soft processor supported by Wind River's VxWorks RTOS and the MIPS Navigator ICS software development suite, the company's said.
When combined with Altera's portfolio of embedded IP cores, FPGA design tools and portfolio of programmable logic devices, the MP32 processor is well suited for the development of flexible, single-chip solutions used in networking, video and digital signal processing applications, according to the companies.
"The MP32 processor provides architectural flexibility for multi-core designs with a seamless design flow," said Art Swift, vice president of marketing and business development at MIPS. "Designers of MIPS-based systems can use familiar tools and software while choosing the right platform—be it FPGAs, HardCopy ASIC or standard cell ASICs—to meet their price, performance and volume needs. The value of the core has already been proven in key customer engagements where Altera has employed the MP32 processor."
The MP32 processor is designed to be used with Altera's Qsys system integration tool. System architects can construct complex, flexible and differentiated solutions by assembling the MP32 processor with embedded, networking, video and digital signal processing IP from Altera and its global IP partners, the companies said.
The MP32 processor is distributed and supported through Altera Embedded Alliance partner SLS, Altera said. The MP32 processor is currently available from SLS, the companies said. The MP32 processor is royalty free and sold on an unlimited use basis when targeting Altera's FPGA devices, the companies said.