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Drifting Towards Hardware

In touting their sensor fusion product offering, Movea announced their MotionCore IP in a manner that sounded like they were developing hardware. While that’s not strictly true, they are packaging up their IP in ways that intentionally make it easier for hardware developers to implement hardened versions of the cores. They target three implementations:

–          software only, optimized for time to market; this is the primary implementation at present;

–          a combination of hardware and software, balancing time to market against performance and power; and

–          pure hardware, going for the most performance and the lowest power.

Their initial versions target a particular microcontroller; they’re then involved in any ports to other processors, since they optimize according to the target CPU.

There are no actual hardware projects underway yet, but if or when it happens, the RTL will be developed by the partner company, not by Movea. Of course, Movea licenses the core, so they’re involved in the business transaction, but they stop just short of taking on hardware themselves.

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