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Free embedded processor cores

23 October 2002 DSP, Micros & Memory

Altera has launched the 'Embedded Processor Portfolio', a collection of more than 100 embedded processor intellectual property (IP) cores targeting typical microcontroller and embedded processor applications. Developers can design and ship systems with the Embedded Processor Portfolio cores without paying any licence or royalty fees.

The Embedded Processor Portfolio supports Altera's new low-cost Cyclone device family, giving designers of price-sensitive applications such as set-top boxes, printers, and high-end consumer digital applications a cost-effective embedded processor solution. According to the company, in high-volume applications, a 32-bit Nios processor in a Cyclone device is less expensive than most discrete 32-bit microprocessors currently available.

Based on the Nios soft-core processor architecture and Red Hat's GNUPro Toolkit, the portfolio offers designers an industry-proven development environment. They are also able to use the cores to target select members of Altera's Stratix device family and Excalibur embedded processors. Available on CD-ROM it also includes the free web edition of the Quartus II development software, the SOPC Builder system development tool, and the OpenCore Plus evaluation version of the Nios embedded processor.

The Embedded Processor Portfolio CD-ROM is available free of charge. Designers can request it on-line at www.altera.com/processorportfolio or contact local distributor Memec SA, 021 674 4103.



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