To accelerate the integration of programmable logic and processors in embedded systems, Altera Corporation announced its Embedded Initiative. With this initiative, Altera is providing designers a single FPGA design flow based on its Quartus II development software including the new Qsys system-level integration tool, a common FPGA intellectual property (IP) library, and new ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore and MIPS Technologies MIPS32 embedded processor offerings. The design flow allows embedded designers to quickly and easily target Altera’s Nios II, ARM- and MIPS-based embedded processors and the recently announced configurable Intel Atom-based processor. The Qsys system-level integration tool leverages the industry’s first FPGA-optimized network-on-a-chip technology to support a wide variety of industry-standard IP protocols, improved quality of results and numerous productivity features.

“The combination of FPGAs and processors is rapidly expanding to create new levels of customization in embedded systems design,” said Vince Hu, vice president of product and corporate marketing, Altera Corporation. “With the Embedded Initiative, Altera is enabling designers in markets such as automotive, industrial, military and wireless to easily leverage a rich ecosystem of processor, operating system and IP support all through a single design flow, and to reduce overall system cost, achieve faster time to market and increase the flexibility of their systems.”

As part of its initiative, Altera will expand its current embedded partner programs by embracing the broad ecosystems from ARM, Intel and MIPS Technologies, as well as the FPGA world. In addition, Altera will collaborate with these entities to enhance the design flow and allow access to the growing number of FPGA-enabled embedded processing choices.

Intel recently unveiled details of an upcoming new configurable Atom-based processor. The processor consists of the Intel Atom processor E600 series paired with an Altera FPGA on a multi-chip package. The package provides additional flexibility for customers who want to incorporate proprietary I/Os or acceleration, and enables developers to differentiate their designs by reacting quickly to changing requirements.

“Flexibility is critical for embedded designers, and FPGA technology offers an additional option,” said Doug Davis, vice president and general manager, Embedded Communications Group, Intel. “Intel recently announced the integration of an Altera FPGA on a multi-chip package with an Intel Atom-based processor to continue to offer intelligent and flexible solutions for embedded developers.”

“ARM recognizes the importance of the FPGA community and is keen to work with our partners to provide the flexibility that embedded designers require,” said Eric Schorn, vice president of marketing, processor division, ARM. “By combining ARM’s leadership in low-power, high-performance processor IP, with Altera’s expertise in FPGA technology, we can provide an additional dimension of flexibility with a common software flow to accelerate the development of numerous applications for software developers and hardware designers alike.”

Single FPGA Design Flow will Support Range of Embedded Processor Offerings Based on ARM, Intel, MIPS Architectures

News source: Altera News Room