Processor IP Vendors

Synopsys is a world leader in electronic design automation (EDA), supplying the global electronics market with the software, IP and services used in semiconductor design and manufacturing. Synopsys' comprehensive, integrated portfolio of implementation, verification, IP, manufacturing and FPGA solutions helps address the key challenges designers and manufacturers face today, such as power and yield management, system-to-silicon verification and time-to-results.

Synopsys' DesignWare ARC Processor IP includes the DesignWare ARC EM, ARC 600 and ARC 700 families of 32-bit processor cores, as well as the DesignWare ARC Audio and ARC Video solutions. The ARC processor cores are highly configurable and enable SoC designers to implement a full range of embedded microprocessors optimized for their specific target application. The ARC Audio and ARC Video solutions include highly specialized cores combined with optimized codecs, offering the most complete audio and standard-definition video solutions for SoC designs available in the market.

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MIPS Technologies is a leading provider of industry-standard processor architectures and cores that power some of the world's most popular products for the home entertainment, communications, networking and portable multimedia markets.

For more than two decades, MIPS Technologies has been a leader and innovator in the worldwide embedded semiconductor market. At the heart of MIPS is its architecture, developed 20 years ago by Stanford University engineering Professor John Hennessy-now president of Stanford University. Hennessy took the lead in RISC processing and created an elegant, streamlined architecture with a scalability that has met the demands of generations of applications, preserving the wealth of development tools and software that support them. Today, the MIPS architecture is an industry standard and the performance leader within the embedded industry

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ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to imaging, automotive, security and storage devices.

The ARM comprehensive product offering includes 64-bit and 32-bit RISC microprocessors, graphics processors, enabling software, cell libraries, embedded memories, high-speed connectivity products, peripherals and development tools. Combined with comprehensive design services, training, support and maintenance, and the company's broad Partner community, they provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading electronics companies.

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What began in 1990 as the Performance Optimization With Enhanced RISC (POWER) has evolved into the Power Architecture platform today, the foundation for some of the world's most pervasive applications in fields as varied as automotive control, wireless infrastructure, enterprise severs and home entertainment systems. It represents a rich history of technical innovations and market-right solutions.

The PowerPC architecture began in the early '90s as a collaboration between Motorola (now Freescale Semiconductor), IBM and Apple - a three-way partnership defining an optimized architecture for general purpose computing. PowerPC technology is well known today, especially within the embedded marketplace.
With the creation of and the Power Architecture Advisory Council, the technology is now evolving through a community environment.

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OpenCores is the world’s largest site/community for development of hardware IP cores as open source. host the source code for different digital HW projects (IP-cores, SoC, boards, etc) and support the users with different tools, platforms, forums and other useful information.

The aim of the OpenRISC project is to create free and open source computing platforms available under the GNU (L)GPL license. The platforms aim to provide: 1) a free, open source RISC architecture with DSP features, 2) a set of free, open source implementations of the architecture
a complete set of free, and 3) open source software development tools, libraries, operating systems and applications.

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With a base of high-quality research and development, an advanced design development platform environment, and wide-ranging manufacturing technologies, Renesas Electronics provides competitive products in the areas of microcontrollers, system LSIs, plus analog and power devices.

With the world's largest microcontroller market share as the driving force, Renesas are expanding their system LSI business worldwide, to strengthen business and customer relationships in developing countries, and to expand our capabilities into new markets such as green solutions.

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Xilinx is the world’s leading provider of All Programmable FPGAs, SoCs and 3D ICs. These industry-leading devices are coupled with a next-generation design environment and IP to serve a broad range of customer needs, from programmable logic to programmable systems integration.

MicroBlaze is the industry-leader in FPGA-based soft processors, with advanced architecture options like AXI or PLB interface, Memory Management Unit (MMU), instruction and data-side cache, configurable pipeline depth, Floating-Point unit (FPU), and much more. MicroBlaze is a 32-bit RISC Harvard architecture soft processor core, a highly flexible architecture, plus a rich instruction set optimized for embedded applications.

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Altera is the world’s leading provider of All Programmable FPGAs, SoCs and 3D ICs. These industry-leading devices are coupled with a next-generation design environment and IP to serve a broad range of customer needs, from programmable logic to programmable systems integration.

Altera's Nios® II processor, the world's most versatile processor, according to Gartner Research, is the most widely used soft processor in the FPGA industry. The Nios II processor delivers unprecedented flexibility for your cost-sensitive, real-time, safety-critical (DO-254), ASIC-optimized, and applications processing needs. The Nios II processor supports all Altera® SoCs, FPGA and HardCopy® ASIC device families, and is also available for standard-cell ASICs through Synopsys®.

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