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EE Times: Free 32-bit processor core hits the Net

Feb 28, 2000, 18:33 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Clarke)

"A loose-knit organization called OpenCores is offering a free 32-bit processor intellectual-property (IP) core in a move that could undermine such commercial IP licensors as ARM and MIPS."

"Before the end of this month, engineers should be able to download VHDL description files and documentation for the OpenRISC 1000 core over the Internet at no charge. Engineers can already download a C language compiler free...."

"The move has raised warning flags at IP companies. According to the OpenCores organization, ARM Ltd. (Cambridge, England), the leading licensor of processor cores, has already warned the group not to build clones of any of its cores. Nevertheless, the OpenCores organization said it is working on an OpenRISC version that executes the MIPS-I instruction set of MIPS Technologies Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.), an ARM rival."

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