A new alliance has been formed between Lattice Semiconductor Corporation and Beyond Semiconductor to develop complier tools for the former's soft processors.
Optimised for implementation in Lattice FPGAs and PLDs, Lattice's LatticeMico8 embedded microcontroller and LatticeMico32 embedded microprocessor are free due to an innovative open source intellectual property core license.
This gives customers architectural independence and the chance to migrate from an FPGA to ASIC platform if they choose.
The collaboration also includes performance improvements and updates for Lattice's development tools and embedded processor IP compliers.
Matjaz Breskvar, chief executive officer of Beyond Semiconductor, said: "Our skills and IP are a logical match for Lattice and we are pleased to bring our experience with advanced embedded processors and software tools to our collaborative relationship."
At the end of last month, it was announced that semiconductor manufacturer Interil Corporation is to collaborate with the Georgia Institute of Technology on a new range of programmes.