MIPS-Based soft processor for use in Altera's
FPGA and ASICs
Altera Corporation, MIPS Technologies and System Level
Solutions (SLS) Corporation have introduced a MIPS-Based,
FPGA-optimized soft processor for use on Altera's FPGA and
ASIC devices. The MP32 processor is supported by Wind River's
VxWorks RTOS and the MIPS Navigator ICS software development
suite. MP32 processor is suggested for applications such
as networking, video and digital signal processing.
"This joint development further reinforces Altera's
commitment to embrace industry-leading processors as part
of our embedded initiative," said Vince Hu, vice president
of product and corporate marketing at Altera."We are
pleased to give embedded designers the ability to leverage
MIPS' rich software and tools ecosystem in a programmable
"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, MIPS Technologies. "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 distributed and supported through
Altera Embedded Alliance partner SLS.
"SLS is well suited to bring the MP32 processor to
the market for a simple reason-we bring a decade of FPGA
embedded system design expertise and proven success for
customers around the world," said Paresh Patel, CEO
SLS Corp. "Our clients run the gamut from seasoned
FPGA designers to embedded developers who are new to programmable
logic, and we match their comfort level with the breadth
of products and services we offer, all to meet their time
to market goals."
The processor is supported by the MIPS Navigator ICS software
development suite and System Navigator EJTAG debug probes.
For debug and trace, the MP32 processor is supported by
TRACE32, a debug and off-chip trace probe from Lauterbach.
Developers can now run VxWorks on an FPGA-based soft-core
processor. Wind River provides VxWorks board support package
(BSP) for the MP32 processor.
"VxWorks is a proven, high-performance, reliable,
commercial-grade real-time operating system addressing the
diverse needs of embedded systems," Warren Kurisu,
vice president of VxWorks product management at Wind River.
"The expansive community of embedded developers who
have standardized on VxWorks can now benefit from the flexibility
and customization that Altera's programmable logic devices
offer, while still retaining their existing software assets."
The MP32 processor is designed to be used with Altera's
Qsys system integration tool.
The MP32 processor is currently available from SLS, who
sells and supports the MP32 processor core. The MIPS Navigator
ICS software development suite and a VxWorks BSP for the
MP32 processor are available from MIPS and Wind River respectively.
The MP32 processor is royalty free and sold on an unlimited
use basis when targeting Altera's FPGA devices. To get started
on your MP32 design, contact SLS at www.slscorp.com.