RISC-V Processor Family Spans from Low-End to 64-Bit with FPU

As part of its Cortus IC Design Service offering, Cortus has announced the general availability of a complete range of RISC-V processors. These are now available for design-in in customer ASIC designs implemented by the experienced teams at Cortus. A wide range of application needs are covered by the 6 processor cores.

The range starts with a low gate count, very low power 32 bit CPU core—the APS1V (RV32EMC). A more powerful, but equally low power CPU, the APS3V (RV32IMC) comes next. If a multi-core solution is necessary the APS5V (RV32IMAC) is available. If floating point is needed then the single precision FPS6V (RV32IMACF) can be used or the FPS8V (RV32GC) for double precision calculations. The last member of the family is a high performance 64-bit processor with double precision floating point and MMU: the FPS69V (RV64GC).
These processors have already been implemented in customer projects in the aerospace, satellite, industrial and automotive sectors. A complete development ecosystem is available, including graphical environment, compiler, debugger real time operating systems and tools. Billions of chips containing Cortus IP (including processor IP) have been manufactured based on the successful Cortus Ecosystem.

Cortus | www.cortus.com

ARM-based SoC Targets Net Acceleration

NXP Semiconductors has announced the highest performance member of its Layerscape family, the LX2160A SoC. The LX2160A is specifically designed to enable challenging high-performance network applications, network edge compute, and data center offloads. Trusted and secure execution of virtualized cloud workloads at the edge is driving new distributed computing paradigms.

LX2160AThe LX2160A features sixteen high-performance Arm Cortex-A72 cores running at over 2 GHz in a sub 30 W power envelope, supporting both the 100 Gbit/s Ethernet and PCIe Gen4 interconnect standards. In addition, it provides L2 switching at wire rate and includes acceleration for data compression and 50 Gbit/s IPSec cryptography.

NXP supports and drives the rich ARM ecosystem for virtualization, building on the foundations of open source projects for cloud and network function virtualization including Open Daylight, OpenStack, and OP-NFV. NXP Arm processors incorporate hardware for virtualization technologies such as KVM and Linux containers and hardware acceleration of network virtualization. NXP also supports industry-standard APIs for virtualization, including DPDK, OVS, and Virtio, and standard enterprise Linux distributions, such as Debian and Ubuntu. Silicon samples and a reference board will be available in Q1 2018.

NXP Semiconductors | www.nxp.com