Cobham Gaisler AB provides IP cores and supporting development tools for embedded processors based on the SPARC architecture. We specialize in digital hardware design for both commercial and aerospace applications

Markets & Applications

The LEON processor and the library of IP cores (GRLIB) are highly configurable, and are suitable for system-on-a-chip (SOC) designs. The processor combines high performance and an advanced architecture with low gate count and low power consumption. Implementing the SPARC V8 architecture (IEEE-1754), the LEON processor offers a truly open and well supported instruction set. The processor and the library can favorably be used in a large range of applications:

Examples of commercial applications

  • Automotive
  • Multimedia (MP3 and DVD players etc.)
  • General embedded controller
  • GPS receivers
  • Set-top boxes
  • General SOC platform

The LEON-FT processor implements unique fault-tolerance features that allows it to function correctly also in the severe space environment. The processor includes on-chip error-detection and error-correction logic to detect and remove any soft error caused by cosmic radiation.

Examples of aerospace applications (LEON-FT)

  • Data Handling Systems (DHS)
  • Attitude and Orbit Control Subsystems (AOCS)
  • Instrumentation Control
  • Payload control
  • General-purpose radiation-hardened processor