CAMPBELL, CA, and AUSTIN, Texas -- November 20, 2006 -IPextreme® Inc., a semiconductor technology licensing company, and Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL, FSL.B) have extended their collaboration to deliver IEEE-ISTO Nexus 5001™ Consortium-compliant embedded processor debug technology for licensing through IPextreme’s Intellectual Property (IP) Commercialization Program. IPextreme will market, license and support Freescale’s Nexus 5001 interface blocks to drive broad adoption of the Nexus standard targeting automotive, mass-storage, avionics and communications applications.
IPextreme is now offering four Nexus interface blocks: the ARM7 Nexus Client that taps directly into the CoreSight™ interface of ARM7 designs; the ARM9 Client an equivalent core for ARM9 designs; the AHB Nexus Client that connects to AMBA 2.0 Masters; and the Nexus Port Controller that connects multiple processor Clients and bus masters over a single Nexus Port interface. The port controller enables the dynamic control and observation of multiple Nexus Clients from a single development and debugging environment.
ISTO 5001 – 2003 is the IEEE Forum Standard for the Nexus 5001 general-purpose interface for the software development and debug of embedded processors. The standard is open for anyone to adopt and implement, but designers wishing to avoid the risk, expense and delay of developing compliant debug interfaces from scratch can now buy the already proven Freescale Nexus 5001 implementations through IPextreme. By incorporating the Nexus 5001 standard into their end products, companies can tap into a rich ecosystem of test equipment and software providers supporting the IEEE standard.
“We selected IPextreme to help expand the market for the Nexus 5001 debug standard based on the company’s global presence, automotive market expertise and demonstrated ability to package, market and support complex IP subsystems,” said Ron Stence, a microcontroller system engineer at Freescale and former chair of the Nexus 5001 Forum. “As a founding member of the Nexus 5001 Forum, we feel that working with IPextreme is an effective way to achieve greater market acceptance of this valuable technology, which has been proven on five separate architectures within Freescale.”
Warren Savage, IPextreme CEO, commented, “We’re pleased to again partner with Freescale to expand our IP offerings to include the Nexus 5001 technology. They join the proven Freescale FlexRay® Communication Controller IP and ColdFire® V2 core already available from IPextreme and further strengthen our already broad automotive IP offering. The market has shown a preference for standards over proprietary solutions and we are enthusiastic about supporting technology that enables the semiconductor industry to move forward in a unified direction.”
About the Nexus 5001 Forum
The Nexus 5001 Forum membership spans the semiconductor, development tools and automotive electronics industries. Although the Forum initially focused on the stringent requirements of microprocessor debug tools for automotive powertrain applications, its overall goal is to enable the continued development of state-of-the-art, easy-to-use, high-performance microcontrollers.
Forum members include Analog Devices; Ashling Microsystems Ltd.; Delphi Delco Electronics Systems; dSPACE GmbH; ETAS; First Silicon Solutions, Inc.; Ford Motor Company; Freescale Semiconductor; General Motors Corp.; Green Hills Software, Inc.; Hitex Development Tools; IAR Systems AB; Infineon Technologies; IPextreme Inc.; Lauterbach Datentecknick GmbH; Motorola, Inc.; NEC Electronics; Samtec, Inc.; STMicroelectronics; Tensilica; Texas Instruments; Visteon Corporation; and Wind River Systems, Inc.
The Nexus 5001 Forum is a program of the IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO), which provides administrative and management support to industry consortia and other standards development forums. To download the IEEE-ISTO 5001™-1999 specification via the Nexus 5001 Forum Web site, go to: http://www.nexus5001.org.
About IPextreme Inc.
IPextreme brings high-value intellectual property (IP) from large semiconductor companies to consumer and automotive System-on-Chip (SOC) designers worldwide. These products are silicon proven to minimize design risk and provided in a process independent and EDA neutral format, for easy use by the broadest range of customers. With a decade of experience in developing, packaging, licensing and supporting IP, our team offers a complete business solution for semiconductor companies to strategically leverage their internal IP portfolio to grow overall revenue. IPextreme has offices in Campbell, California, Munich, Germany and Tokyo, Japan. www.ip-extreme.com.