Enables Free IP for Development
Attodyne introduces its patent-pending AttoLOCK™ technology, which
enables engineers to freely download and develop with Attodyne's
AttoCOREs™ IP netlist cores
. Attodyne's president, Ray Page, says
"AttoLOCK™ opens a brand new method for IP vendors to market their
products by protecting their intellectual property while allowing the
IP cores to be accessed instantly, and without charge, for development
Traditionally, project engineers were forced to make high-risk
decisions relating to using third-party IP cores. Up-front licensing
fees raise the stakes when the project is experimental. Additional
project delays are incurred waiting for management to sign off on
risky budgets, and legal teams to approve license agreements.
AttoLOCK™ relieves the engineer of these concerns.
AttoLOCK™ works by embedding a tiny amount of code in each IP netlist
core. One signal from each core connects to a single AttoKEY™ net that
unlocks each core module. For security reasons, the AttoKEY™ module is
currently only available on Attodyne's development boards in the form
of a small pre-programmed Actel flash FPGA.
Leveraging AttoLOCK™, Attodyne plans to offer its entire line of
AttoCORE™ IP netlist cores
for free download as they become available.
Once the customer's design concept is proven using one of Attodyne's
development boards, standard "unlocked" AttoCORE netlist IP cores can
be licensed for a small fee.