Motorola speeds M.Core design

Motorola speeds M.Core design
Richard Ball Motorola has developed a synthesisable version of its 32-bit M.Core processor. The M210-S will be slightly larger than standard versions, but power and speed will change little, the firm claimed. “Our strategy is to offer synthesisable cores for rapid time-to-market, licensing and prototyping, while also offering hand packed cores optimised for low-power,” said Jim Thomas, director of the M.Core Technology Center. Licensees of the M210-S will be able to manufacture their Asic at any fab or foundry using any process geometry and design rules. Software, including development tools and real time operating systems, work equally well on the soft version of the processor. Motorola’s M200 series is aimed at low power handheld products such as mobile phones. While the core is 32-bit, the instruction set uses 16-bit fields, reducing the amount of memory needed in a system. The M210-S will be available for licensing in the third quarter, Motorola said.


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