32 bit Processor, Low-Cost & Low-Power CPU

EnSilica’s eSi-3200 32-bit processor CPU IP core is an extremely small, low-cost and low-power processor ideal for integration into ASIC and/or FPGA designs with on-chip memories. The eSi-3200 is particularly suited to embedded control applications.

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32-bit Processor: eSi-3200 Technical Overview

  • Features

    • 32-bit RISC architecture
    • 16 or 32 general purpose registers
    • 104 basic instructions and 10 addressing modes
    • Supports up to 90 user-defined instructions
    • 5-stage pipeline
    • Harvard or von Neumann memory architecture
    • AMBA AXI or AHB interconnect and APB peripheral bus
    • Optional support for user and supervisor modes
    • Up to 32 interrupts plus NMI and system call
    • Fast interrupt response time of 6-9 cycles
    • JTAG or serial debug
    • Up to 3.69 CoreMark per MHz
    • Intermixed 16 and 32-bit instructions result in exceptional code density without compromising performance
    • ASIC performance (Typical 90nm):
      • Up to 700 MHz
      • From 15k gates
      • From 18uW/MHz
    • FPGA Performance (Stratix IV):
      • Up to 200 MHz
      • From 1800 ALUTs
    • High quality IP:
      • Verilog RTL
      • DFT ready
      • Silicon proven
    • C and C++ software development using license-free toolchain, under industry standard Eclipse IDE
    • Easy migration path to 16-bit version or 32-bit version with caches
  • Applications

    • Consumer
    • Industrial control
    • Medical
    • Communications
    • Storage
    • Intelligent sensors
  • Architecture

    The eSi-3200 32-bit CPU is the mid-range member in the eSi-RISC family of processor cores from EnSilica. It is targeted specifically for low-cost and low-power applications that require more computational power or a larger address space than is provided by the 16-bit eSi-1600 and that are able to be implemented using on-chip memory. The cacheless memory architecture of the eSi-3200 allows for deterministic performance, making it particularly suitable for hard real-time control applications.

    For applications where high performance is required, the 5-stage pipeline allows extremely high clock frequencies to be achieved. Static branch prediction is employed to minimize the cost of branch instructions.

    The eSi-3200’s instruction set includes arithmetic and logical instructions (including barrel-shift, multiply and divide), comparisons, load and stores, branches and calls as well as system level instructions to control interrupts and enter low power states. There are also a number of optional instructions and addressing modes that can be selected, should a specific application require them. For those applications that require extreme performance or ultra low power, user-defined instructions and registers can be implemented.

    Instructions are encoded in either 16 or 32-bits, depending upon the size of the operands and the type of instruction. All of the commonly used instructions can be encoded in 16-bits. This ensures that high code density is achieved, while minimizing memory accesses to help conserve power.

    Hardware debug facilities include hardware breakpoints, watchpoints, null pointer detection and single-stepping for fast debugging of ROM, FLASH and RAM based programs.

  • Toolchain

    RISC2The toolchain is based upon the industry standard GNU toolchain, which includes an optimising C and C++ compiler, assembler, linker, debugger, simulator and binary utilities. All these tools can be driven by the customisable Eclipse IDE (Integrated Development Environment). The toolchain is available for both Windows and Linux hosts and is available to use at no cost.

  • IP Delivery

    eSi-RISC is delivered as a Verilog RTL IP core. The design is target technology independent, although alternative implementations of some modules are available, such as the multiplier and JTAG interface, which are specifically optimised for FPGAs. The design is DFT ready, supporting full scan insertion for all flip flops and memory BIST. Example scripts are provided for popular EDA tools.

    A selection of AMBA peripherals are supplied with the core, including: UART, SPI, I2C™, Timer, PWM, Watchdog, GPIO, PS/2, Ethernet MAC as well as a static memory interface and DMA engine. By using an industry standard bus, a wide range of 3rd party IP cores are also compatible with eSi-RISC.

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