CAMPBELL, USA: IPextreme Inc., the company bringing famous IP (intellectual property) to SoC designers worldwide and Tabula Inc., a fabless semiconductor company developing 3-D programmable logic devices (3PLDs), announced Tabula’s selection of the ColdFire embedded controller as the 32-bit processor architecture of choice for Tabula ABAX 3PLDs.
Under the agreement, Tabula’s customers will have access to Freescale ColdFire processor cores and other valuable IP cores at prices competitive with processor platforms from leading FPGA suppliers. IPextreme will deliver and support the ColdFire processor cores through IPextreme’s XPack™ technology.
“We chose the ColdFire processor for its high performance, compact size, rich ecosystem, and standard AMBA system bus for connection of on-chip peripherals,” said Alain Bismuth, Vice President of Marketing at Tabula.
“And, since the same ColdFire IP cores have been deployed for many years in millions of Freescale Semiconductor devices and in general licensing by IPextreme for several years now, we consider the ColdFire processor to be the ideal solution for our customers.”
IPextreme packages, delivers, and supports IP for several versions of Freescale’s popular ColdFire architecture at different price/performance points. “We see ColdFire processors as the perfect processor platform for Tabula’s customers,” said Warren Savage, CEO of IPextreme, “The ColdFire IP cores are among our most widely used products and are easy to use due to their high quality design, maturity, ease-of-integration, and vast ecosystem of development tools and software.”
The announcement underscores the success of the alliance between IPextreme and Freescale Semiconductor with respect to making the ColdFire architecture available to SoC designers around the globe.
“Our relationship with IPextreme has enabled us to bring the ColdFire architecture to new markets and applications in addition to those in which our ColdFire microcontrollers have a strong history of success,” said John Weil, Global Enablement Manager Industrial Microcontrollers at Freescale Semiconductor.
“We’re excited that Tabula has chosen ColdFire processors as its standard 32-bit processor architecture and confident in our relationship with IPextreme and their ability to help make Tabula and its customers successful.”