IPextreme Announces Free FPGA Optimized Freescale V1 ColdFire Core

IPextreme®, Inc., the company bringing famous IP (intellectual property) to system-on-chip designers worldwide, announced an FPGA-optimized version of Freescale’s V1 ColdFire® core available free of charge to Altera’s Cyclone III customers through their online Core Store[tm], which was launched in January this year. Core Store simplifies the IP purchasing process by allowing customers to browse and license silicon-proven IP with a few quick and easy clicks.

The new V1 ColdFire core offering for Altera® Cyclone® III joins a family of licensable Freescale ColdFire cores from IPextreme, and comes with a number of Altera-specific features:

  • Area and speed optimized to achieve more than 100Mhz
  • BDM single pin debug interface
  • Support for Altera’s SOPC Builder[tm], allowing connection to a large collection of proven peripherals in Altera’s Quartus[tm] II design environment

Like all Freescale ColdFire cores, the V1 ColdFire for Cyclone III enjoys access to a rich ecosystem of software tools, debuggers, and applications available for the ColdFire architecture.

“We see a significant pent-up demand from the market for the ColdFire architecture, which is well-known but, until recently, not available for licensing,” said Warren Savage, president and CEO of IPextreme. “The availability of a special version of the V1 ColdFire for FPGA customers provides a continuum of implementation options for customers adopting the ColdFire architecture.”

A demonstration of the V1 ColdFire for Cyclone III on an Altera reference platform will take place next week in the IPextreme booth at the Freescale Technology Forum in Orlando, Florida.

License pricing and availability
The V1 ColdFire core for Altera’s Cyclone III will be free of charge to Altera customers. Availability is planned for Q3 2008. IPextreme will directly license and support the V1 ColdFire core to Altera customers. For more information about all the Freescale ColdFire cores, or to obtain a license from IPextreme, visit the Core Store www.ip-extreme.com/corestore

About IPextreme Inc.
IPextreme packages, delivers and supports famous IP (intellectual property) designed by large semiconductor companies and used by system-on-chip (SoC) designers worldwide. These production-proven IP products serve both broad horizontal markets and specific verticals such as consumer and automotive, and are provided in a process-independent and EDA-neutral format for easy use by the widest range of customers. With a decade of experience in developing, packaging, licensing and supporting IP, IPextreme offers a complete business solution that allows semiconductor companies to strategically leverage their internal IP portfolio and expand overall revenue. The company has offices in Campbell, California; Munich, Germany; and Tokyo, Japan with representatives in China, India, Israel, Korea and Taiwan.

IPextreme and Core Store are registered trademarks of IPextreme Inc. Freescale and ColdFire are trademarks or registered trademarks of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries.