Swedish space agency looks to Imsys processor

Swedish space agency looks to Imsys processor

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By Nick Flaherty

Swedish processor core design Imsys has won a SEK3.4m (€290,000) project with the Swedish National Space Board.

The Swedish National Space Board has approved the Imsys application to the Space Application Programme for ‘New Accelerated Applications in Space’ with support in Industrial Research to use its processor technology.

“Our CTO Dag Helmfrid has worked on this application and we at Imsys are very pleased that we now have the resources for two years of continued development work. Through this collaboration, the Swedish National Space Board verifies Imsys’ technology. We look forward to this project, to make new contacts and find more business opportunities,” said Jonas Wærn, CEO of Imsys. He took over at Imsys last year to reboot the company, which has been a pioneer in the design of processors for forty years.

Earlier this year Imsys launched a dual core embedded processor and software stack that enables developers to add custom C instructions natively.

The IM4000 processor core is being implemented in a Xilinx/AMD FPGA and in the 22nm process at GlobalFoundries. “The stack and tools are completely new with a [Clang] LLVM compiler and C instruction set,” says Helmfrid. “The tools in are built Visual Studio for a cross compiler with symbolic debug.”

The company has also seen orders for its IM3000 core from GlobalNet Electronics Limited in China and Turkey’s EKOS Electric, as well as an evaluation request from IPR Trading in Dubai.

EKOS Electric is using the IM3000 for a Trace adapter in a test laboratory.

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