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News Release from: LSI Europe | Subject: FlexCore
Edited by the Electronicstalk Editorial Team on 16 July 2002

Flexible specifications for SoC cores

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LSI Logic has added a range of fully configurable implementations of popular ARM and MIPS embedded processor cores to its FlexCore portfolio

LSI Logic has added a range of fully configurable implementations of popular ARM and MIPS embedded processor cores to its FlexCore methodology. The FlexCore methodology is an automated procedure for deploying synthesised embedded processor cores that rapidly delivers the cores with any customer-requested combination of cache memory, ASIC library type, and metal layer stack option.

This enhanced level of CoreWare intellectual property (IP) optimisation will benefit many of the company's leading edge communications, storage, and consumer ASIC customers who are embedding processor cores in their SoC designs.

Initial cores, available now as FlexCore processors, include the ARM926EJ-S, ARM946E-S, ARM966E-S, ARM7EJ-S, ARM7TDMI-S, and the MIPS32 4KEc.

When selecting these cores from LSI Logic, SoC designers can define their specific needs for instruction and data cache sizes, instruction and data tightly coupled memories (TCMs), target process technology, target ASIC libraries (high performance, high density or low leakage) and the number of metal routing layers required.

Customers can also select between high-performance and high-density memory types to further optimise the processor core die size, depending on their particular frequency requirements.

Once the customer has decided on the optimal processor configuration, a design simulation model can be provided within a week, and complete CoreWare deliverables within four weeks.

"The LSI Logic FlexCore approach of tailoring embedded processor configurations to exact customers requirements serves customer needs much better than traditional 'one-size fits all' embedded processor offerings", said Rafi Kedem, senior director of the Processor Cores Technology Group at LSI Logic.

"Through the addition of this automated processor core implementation methodology to our already robust offering of finely-tuned, high-frequency cores, we can now give each customer the optimum processor configuration for their particular design".

LSI Logic has an extensive CoreWare portfolio of processors supporting clock frequencies of up to 333MHz.

The portfolio includes the ARM1026EJ-S, ARM926EJ-S, ARM946E-S, ARM966E-S, ARM7EJ-S, and ARM7TDMI-S processor cores from ARM, the MIPS64 5Kf and MIPS32 4KEc from MIPS Technologies, and ZSP DSP processor cores.

The company also offers a broad range of processor peripherals, a complete family of processor subsystem reference designs, and processor based platforms for customers' SoC design needs.

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