Actel extends Core8051s support for FPGAs

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Edited by the Electronicstalk editorial team Dec 3, 2009

Actel has extended Core8051s support for its line of high-reliability Axcelerator, radiation-tolerant RTAX and low-power Igloo FPGAs.

By broadening Core8051s support, Actel enables designers developing high-reliability, space-flight or portable embedded designs to take advantage of the strong ecosystem and deep code base that exists for 8051-based processors.

Core8051s is an ASM51-compatible eight-bit microcontroller core that runs programs written for the industry standard 8051.

The external SFR interface normally present on 8051 microcontrollers is replaced in Core8051s by an advanced-peripheral-bus (APB) v3.0 interface.

Designers can use Core8051s to instantiate the main 8051 core logic in Actel FPGA fabric and via the APB v3.0 bus interface they can connect any APB IP peripherals.

Designers can customise designs with only the peripheral functions (timers, UARTs, I/O ports) required for the application, optimising area and freeing FPGA fabric for additional custom digital circuitry.

With the introduction of this eight-bit microprocessor, Actel expands the range of microprocessor options for designers in several different application areas.

For designers of low-power systems, the 8051s offers a low-cost, low-power complement to the ARM Cortex-M1 32-bit microprocessor.

For designers of space-flight systems and other high-reliability applications, the 8051s adds a small footprint complement to the Leon3-FT 32-bit processor.

Core8051s is being deployed in designs targeting RTAX-S space-flight FPGAs.

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