09-04-07

Design example for ACTEL fpga's with ARM Cortex-M1

Link: http://www.electronicstalk.com/news/ank/ank280.html

 

Synplicity and ARM have signed a joint marketing and collaboration agreement that includes a reference methodology for the recently launched ARM Cortex-M1 processor - the first ARM processor specifically designed for implementation on FPGAs.

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19-03-07

 

Actel and ARM Develop High-Performance 32-Bit Processor Optimized for FPGAs

Actel Offers New Cortex-M1 for Use in Flash-based M1 ProASIC3 and M1 Fusion Devices

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 19, 2007 — Disclosing further details of its industry-standard processor portfolio, Actel Corporation (NASDAQ: ACTL) today announced the availability of its implementation of the ARM® Cortex™-M1 processor, a small, high-performance, 32-bit soft core co-developed by the companies for optimal use in field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Removing the license and royalty fees typically associated with licensing models for industry-leading processor cores, Actel offers free access to advanced ARM processor technology to the broad marketplace. The free delivery of the Cortex-M1 processor for use in Actel's flash-based, M1-enabled Actel Fusion and ProASIC3 FPGAs provides system designers programmable flexibility and system-level integration, enabling the development of low-cost, high-performance systems.

"With the significant increase in the use of FPGAs as flexible, cost-effective platforms for the rapid design of high-quality embedded systems, the introduction of an FPGA-optimized ARM processor enables us to serve the growing needs of companies who require highly programmable solutions," said John Cornish, vice president, marketing, Processors Division, ARM. "The unprecedented security benefits and advanced features offered by Actel's flash-based FPGAs make these devices an ideal vehicle for our high-performance processor technology."

Rich Brossart, vice president, product marketing at Actel, added, "Evidenced by the success of our soft ARM7™ family processor core, designers continue to show great interest in implementing industry-standard 32-bit processor technologies in FPGAs. With the addition of the FPGA-optimized ARM Cortex-M1 processor, free of license and royalty fees, to our broad processor portfolio, system designers can select the solution that best meets their design requirements regardless of application or volume."

Cortex-M1 Processor and Actel's M1-Enabled FPGAs

Derived from ARM's three-stage Cortex-M3 processor pipeline, the highly configurable Cortex-M1 processor operates at up to 72 MHz in Actel's M1-enabled Fusion Programmable System Chip (PSC) or ProASIC3 FPGAs. Providing a good balance between size and speed for embedded applications, the core is able to be implemented in as few as 4300 tiles, roughly 20 percent of an M1A3P1000 ProASIC3 device or 30 percent of a mixed-signal M1AFS600 Actel Fusion PSC. The Cortex-M1 processor solution also connects to the industry-standard AHB bus, allowing designers to build a subsystem and easily add peripheral functionality to the processor.

With the increasing costs of application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) design, designers can benefit from a Cortex-M1 processor-based implementation in an FPGA due to reduced design time and a lower cost of entry into system-on-chip design, particularly for lower volume applications. However, for designs that scale to ultra-high volumes, the 32-bit Cortex-M1 processor runs the industry-standard Thumb® instruction set and is upward compatible with the Cortex-M3 processor, providing an easy migration path to ASIC implementation.

Actel's flash-based FPGAs, the mixed-signal M1 Actel Fusion PSCs and low-cost M1 ProASIC3 devices, are virtually immune to tampering, assuring users that valuable IP will not be compromised or copied. The single-chip devices also provide the low power, firm-error immunity and live at power-up capabilities that are inherent to all Actel FPGAs.

Comprehensive Tool Support

The Cortex-M1 processor is supported by the comprehensive tools and knowledge that currently exists for the ARM architecture, far surpassing the level of support offered for proprietary processors. Actel will support the Cortex-M1 processor with its CoreConsole IP Deployment Platform, its SoftConsole program development environment, and Actel Libero Integrated Design Environment—all available for free download from Actel's Web site. Actel's implementation of the Cortex-M1 processor is fully supported by the ARM RealView® Development Suite and RealView Microcontroller Development Kit. Third-party vendors, such as Aldec, CriticalBlue, CodeSourcery, IAR, ImpulseC and Keil™, an ARM Company, will also support the new processor with a host of tools—from compilers and debuggers to RTOS support.

Pricing and Availability

Actel's implementation of the Cortex-M1 processor will be available for early access in April. The M1A3P1000 ProASIC3 device and M1AFS600 Fusion PSC device will sample in Q3 2007 with production quantities in Q4 2007. Pricing for the M1 devices starts at $3.95. For further information about pricing and availability, please contact Actel or visit the company's Web site at www.actel.com .

About Actel
Actel Corporation is the leader in single-chip FPGA solutions. The company is traded on the NASDAQ National Market under the symbol ACTL and is headquartered at 2061 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, Calif., 94043-4655. For more information about Actel, visit www.actel.com. Telephone: 888-99-ACTEL (992-2835).

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ARM Extends Cortex Family With First Processor Optimized for FPGA

ARM Extends Cortex Family With First Processor Optimized for FPGA

The ARM Cortex-M1 processor enables OEMs to reduce development costs throughstandardization on a single architecture across FPGA, ASIC and ASSP

CAMBRIDGE, UK, March 19, 2007 — ARM [(LSE:ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)] today announced the availability of the ARM® Cortex™-M1 processor – the first ARM processor designed specifically for implementation on FPGAs. The ARM Cortex-M1 processor extends the range of the ARM Cortex processor family and enables OEMs to standardize around a common architecture across the performance spectrum. Actel has worked with ARM as lead Partner and is the first licensee of the Cortex-M1 processor for use by their FPGA customers.

ARM and Actel will both be demonstrating the Cortex-M1 processor at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, Calif., April 2-5.

The Cortex-M1 processor enables OEMs to achieve significant cost savings through rationalization of software and tools investments across multiple projects spanning FPGA, ASIC and ASSP, plus greater vendor independence through use of an industry-standard processor. The Cortex-M1 processor is supported by leading FPGA synthesis vendors, software development tools, and real-time operating systems, giving FPGA designers unprecedented choice and flexibility.

"Gartner Dataquest maintains that FPGAs/PLDs have a very bright future," said Bryan Lewis, research vice president, Gartner Dataquest. "We expect solid growth (15.7 percent) to resume in 2008 and forecast the FPGA/PLD market to outperform semiconductors from 2008 onward."1
"The Cortex-M1 processor extends the reach of the ARM architecture in the FPGA domain, and advances our goal of providing processor solutions for the entire digital world," said Graham Budd, EVP and general manager, Processor Division, ARM. "By leveraging ARM's vast installed user base in the ASIC/ASSP and microcontroller markets, along with support from our own RealView® family of tools as well as product support from the ARM Connected Community, the Cortex-M1 processor will deliver significant savings to OEMs in terms of software development resources, tools, and training."

Actel has licensed the Cortex-M1 processor and will make it available at no additional cost to their customers. The FPGA-optimized Cortex-M1 processor offers users of Actel's flash-based M1-enabled Actel Fusion Programmable System Chips and ProASIC3 FPGAs a compact and efficient processor satisfying the requirements of a wide range of end applications. Actel will support the Cortex-M1 processor with its CoreConsole IP Deployment Platform, its SoftConsole program development environment and Actel Libero Integrated Design Environment – all available for free download from Actel's website.

"Following the success of our ARM7™ family-based solutions, Actel worked closely with ARM to optimize its Cortex-M1 processor for FPGA implementation from the ground up, making it an extremely valuable addition to our growing processor library," said Rich Brossart, vice president, product marketing, Actel. "Free of the contract negotiations and fees typically associated with industry-standard processor cores, Actel will make the Cortex-M1 processor available to those companies who desire highly programmable solutions regardless of application or volume."

Tools and Peripherals Support

The Cortex-M1 processor will be fully supported by forthcoming releases of the ARM RealView® Development Suite and RealView Microcontroller Development Kit. The RealView Development Suite will include a complete instruction set system model (ISSM) allowing developers to create and test applications for the Cortex-M1 processor out of the box. Developers can easily customize the RealView Development Suite's debugger to visualize and interact withperipherals added around a Cortex-M1 processor, and will also be able to connect and debug applications running on Cortex-M1 silicon using ARM's high-performance RealView ICE and ULINK®2 run control units.

System performance and design turn around time are boosted further with ARM AMBA® compliant PrimeCell® peripheral IP, including ARM's latest ultra-efficient microDMA (PL230).
ARM Connected Community Partners, including CodeSourcery, Express Logic, IAR Systems, Mentor Graphics Inc., Micrium and Synplicity will all support the Cortex-M1 processor. For improved flow integration, the Cortex-M1 processor deliverables will include an IP description conforming to the IP-XACT standard from The SPIRIT Consortium.

Low area, high frequency and ease of use

The ARM Cortex-M1 processor is a streamlined three-stage 32-bit RISC processor that implements a subset of the popular, high density Thumb®-2 instruction set. This enables both the processor and software footprint to meet the area budget of the smallest FPGA devices, while retaining compatibility with Thumb code for any ARM processor from the ARM7TDMI® processor upwards.The Cortex-M1 processor is capable of more than 170 MHz, whilst occupying less than 15 percent area of popular low-cost FPGA devices. Despite being the smallest processor in the Cortex family, the Cortex-M1 processor can deliver 0.8 DMIPS/MHz. Typical applications for the Cortex-M1 processor on FPGAs include embedded control, communications, networking and aerospace.

More information on ARM solutions in FPGA is available from www.arm.com/fpga.

Availability

Free of license and royalty fees, Actel's implementation of the Cortex-M1 processor will be available for early access in April via the Actel website www.actel.com. The M1-enabled ProASIC3 and Actel Fusion PSC devices will sample in Q3 2007.

The ARM Cortex-M1 processor RTL and associated EDA views optimized for a range of FPGA vendor devices including Actel, Altera, Lattice and Xilinx will be available for license by OEMs in 2Q'07.

About the ARM Cortex Family of Processors

The three series in the ARM Cortex family enable chip manufacturers and OEMs to standardize around a single architecture from low-end microcontrollers to high-performance applications processors. Featuring Thumb-2 technology, the ARM Cortexfamily significantly reduces development costs and increases enterprise efficiency.

  • ARM Cortex-A Series: Applications processors for complex OS and user applications
  • ARM Cortex-R Series: Embedded processors for real-time systems
  • ARM Cortex-M Series: Deeply embedded processors optimized for microcontroller and low-cost applications

About ARM
ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, frommobile, home and enterprise solutions toembedded and emerging applications. ARM's comprehensive product offering includes 16/32-bit RISC microprocessors, data engines, graphics processors, digital libraries, embedded memories, peripherals, software and development tools, as well as analog functions and high-speed connectivity products. Combined with the company's broad Partner community, they provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading electronics companies. More information on ARM is available at http://www.arm.com.

About the ARM Connected Community
The ARM Connected Community is a global network of companies aligned to provide a complete solution, from design to manufacture and end use, for products based on the ARM architecture. ARM offers a variety of resources to Community members, including promotional programs and peer-networking opportunities that enable a variety of ARM Partners to come together to provide end-to-end customer solutions. For more information, please visit http://www.arm.com/community.

ENDS

1. Gartner, Inc., "Forecast: ASIC/ASSP, FPGA/PLD and SLI/SOC Applications, Worldwide, 2002-2010 (4Q06 Update)", by John Barber and Bryan Lewis, December 4, 2006.

ARM, Thumb, RealView, PrimeCell and ARM7TDMI are registered trademarks of ARM Limited. Cortex and ARM7 are trademarks of ARM Limited. All other brands or product names are the property of their respective holders. "ARM" is used to represent ARM Holdings plc; its operating company ARM Limited; and the regional subsidiaries ARM INC.; ARM KK; ARM Korea Ltd.; ARM Taiwan; ARM France SAS; ARM Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.; ARM Belgium N.V.; AXYS Design Automation Inc.; AXYS GmbH; ARM Embedded Solutions Pvt. Ltd.; and ARM Physical IP, Inc.; and ARM Norway AS.

Contact: Stephanie Mrus, Actel Corporation, 650.318.4614

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