Mentor's 8051 to live on at IPextreme

IPextreme is to take on the job of selling the M8051 microcontroller core developed by Mentor Graphics as the design-automation company whittles down the number of IP cores that it will sell directly.

Originally part of Mentor Graphics’ Inventra IP business, the M8051 is a synthesisable processor core that is binary compatible with 8051 microcontrollers and is available in both VHDL and Verilog formats. IPextreme will package the M8051 cores use its XPack system to provide support for all major EDA flows, including Mentor’s Precision FPGA synthesis tool.

Warren Savage, president of IPextreme, said Mentor still has rights to sell the M8051 direct but that, having reduced its IP activity is now “actively referring all licensing enquiries to IPextreme”.

Savage added: “The relationship with IPextreme allows Mentor to continue to provide the proven technology to its customers by taking advantage of IPextreme's business model.”

“The M8051 has been one of our most popular lines of IP with many customers both large and small,” claimed Aaik van der Poel, manager of Mentor’s continuing engineering division. “IPextreme’s deep experience in the IP business and their ability to continue to make this product available will delight our many customers.”

Richard Darley, an 8051 architect, noted: “The 8051 architecture was developed nearly 30 years ago and continues to win the hearts of engineers for its small footprint and usefulness in a broad range of applications. The 8bit world is alive and well.”

“The 8051 is the most successful microcontroller architecture of all time and still enjoys strong demand in many consumer and industrial applications,” added Rick Tomihiro, vice president of marketing for IPextreme.

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