FPGA cores counter 80186 processor obsolescence

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Edited by the Electronicstalk editorial team May 23, 2006

iWave Systems licences its 80186 IP cores to companies developing FPGA products and to industries using the 80186 processor.

iWave Systems licences its 80186 IP cores to companies developing FPGA products and to industries using the 80186 processor.

The core is ideal for applications that have traditionally used the 16bit 80186 processor as it is fully software compatible with the x86 standard, offering a solution to problems of processor obsolesce.

This cost-effective IP is a perfect alternative for replacing older parts that are no longer manufactured, such as 80186 devices and ASICs.

Abdullah Khan, Director of Engineering says the key advantage of using these cores is quick migration of the 80186 designs to an FPGA platform.

High FPGA integration enables low BOM cost and smaller board design.

System performance can be enhanced with increased operating frequency and integration.

The 80186 core is an excellent choice for embedded applications, catering for the growing needs of industrial, automotive and communication system solutions.

The core operates at 33MHz on the lowest speed grade of Spartan-3 FPGA.

The core is exchangeable with the similar parts from manufacturers such as Intel, NEC and AMD.

The x86 core has a broad set of integrated peripherals, which helps reduce system development time and cost, and is compatible with wide range of compilers and debuggers.

These include memory bus interfaces, dual-channel multiprotocol serial controller, a DMA controller with four channels, PCI host/master/target controllers, multiple timers, a programmable interrupt controller, a memory refresh unit, variable-rate asynchronous serial port.

The core application offers quick migration of an 80186-based design to an FPGA platform, and can be used to retrofit existing systems, maintaining I/O compatibility.

The core is delivered with RTL Verilog synthesisable code, comprehensive test environment, technical support and maintenance.

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