The ColdFire V2 Core & Standard Product Platform (SPP) combines the ColdFire V2 Core with industry-proven platform peripherals to form a complete low-cost, low-power microcontroller subsystem supported by a vast ecosystem of development tools and runtime software. With the ColdFire V2 Core & SPP, you get:

  • A fully synthesizable implementation of the popular ColdFire architecture
  • Reliability—from processor and peripheral IP already deployed in millions of embedded systems worldwide
  • Rapid time-to-market—in just a few hours you can be developing software on your own FPGA implementation of the ColdFire V2 Core & SPP


The ColdFire V2 Core is a low-power, low-area, 32-bit processor core with single-cycle-access local SRAM and a direct-mapped cache that can be configured as instruction cache, data cache, or split instruction/data cache. The ColdFire V2 Core delivers over 250 DMIPS of performance at 240 MHz and includes an enhanced MAC unit for DSP-like functions and faster execution of multiply instructions.

Like all ColdFire architecture processors, the ColdFire V2 Core features a variable-length instruction set for maximum code density, industry-standard AMBA 2 AHB system bus interface for rapid system integration, and a wide selection of development tools, operating systems, drivers, and libraries from both commercial and open source providers.


The ColdFire V2 Core & SPP is currently available in two different product configurations. The CFV2SPP5208 version of the ColdFire V2 Core & SPP includes the ColdFire V2 Core and the fully-integrated peripherals shown in Figure 1, implementing functions commonly needed for embedded systems including Ethernet, interrupt control, DMA, timers, and various serial interfaces. An AMBA 2 AHB Crossbar Switch provides the system interconnect, supporting simultaneous AHB transfers between multiple masters and slaves. In addition to the on-platform AHB masters and slaves, the Crossbar Switch supports connection of external AHB masters and slaves. The CFV2SPP5208 is the same ColdFire V2 processor core and platform/peripheral IP implemented in Freescales MCF5208 devices.


Figure 1: Example SoC Using CFV2SPP5208

The CFV2SPPC1 (Figure 2) also includes the ColdFire V2 Core and the AHB Crossbar Switch, but omits many of the peripheral functions, providing a basic ColdFire V2 subsystem ready for integrating your own peripheral IP.


Figure 2: Example SoC Using CFV2SPPC1



On-board peripherals and their features include:

  • FlexBus Controller
    • Connects up to 6 on-chip or off-chip memories/devices
    • Independently programmable transfer characteristics for each device (wait states, address setup/hold)
  • Enhanced DMA (eDMA) Controller
    • 16 independently programmable DMA channels
    • Programmable channel arbitration modes
    • Support for channel linking and scatter/gather operation
  • Fast Ethernet Controller
    • 10/100 Mpbs Ethernet support
    • Half and full-duplex modes
    • Media Independent Interface (MII) or 7-wire interface to Ethernet PHY
  • Interrupt Controller
    • 64 programmable interrupt sources, 20 of which are available for external interrupts
    • Unique vector for each interrupt source
    • Support for low-power mode wake-up
  • Queued SPI (QSPI) module
    • Programmable queue for up to 16 SPI transfers
    • Four chip-select lines for up to 16 devices
    • Programmable baud rate, before-and-after transfer delays, clock phase and polarity
  • I2C interface module
    • Support for the original Philips I2C bus protocol
    • Support for baud rates up to 3.4 Mbps
  • 3 UARTS
    • Programmable clock source, data formats, and modes (normal/loopback)
    • Error detection
    • Four maskable interrupt conditions
  • 4 DMA Timer modules
    • Programmable clock source
    • Programmable prescaler
    • Programmable interrupt or DMA request upon timer event
  • Miscellaneous Control Module (MCM)
    • Software watchdog timer
    • Reset status, low-power mode control, and core fault status registers


The ColdFire V2 Core & SPP features software-controlled shutdown of selected clocks to support a variety of chip-level low-modes:

  • Independent shutdown of selected peripheral clocks
  • Shutdown of the ColdFire V2 Core CPU clock in response to a ColdFire STOP instruction


The ColdFire V2 Core & SPP supports ColdFire Debug Architecture Revision B+, including:

  • Background Debug Mode (BDM)
  • Real-Time Trace (RTT)
  • Real-Time Debug (RTD)


The ColdFire architecture is supported by a vast assortment of development systems/tools and run-time software including libraries, stacks, drivers, and operating systems from providers such as Freescale, Green Hills Software, Wind River Systems,  CodeSourcery, and many more. For example, the Sourcery G++ tool suite from supports ColdFire V2 targets and can be used to develop new code or to retarget ColdFire V1 programs to ColdFire V2 devices. A free version of the GNU compiler supporting ColdFire V2 targets is also available from

Freescale offers development boards, software, and CodeWarrior Development Tools (including a free version supporting the ColdFire V2 architecture). In addition, there are several operating systems supporting the ColdFire V2 architecture, including uClinux and several RTOS’s, such as the MQX RTOS from Embedded Access, Inc.


The ColdFire V2 Core & SPP gate count depends on the selected on-board peripherals, synthesis tool, and target technology. The gate count for the CFV2SPP5208 shown in Figure 1 is 157K gates in a typical 90-nm technology. The maximum CPU frequency for the same target technology is approximately 200 MHz. In 65-nm technology, the maximum frequency is 240 MHz.

The CFV2SPP5208 achieves over 85 MHz in most FPGA devices and uses approximately 24,000 LUTs in an Altera Stratix III device. For a Stratix III EP3SL200F1152C2, that is only 15% utilization.

The CFV2SPPC1 has the same maximum frequency as the CFV2SPP5208, but is much smaller, using approximately 85K gates in 90-nm technology and approximately 13,000 LUTs in a Stratix III FPGA.


  • Synthesizable Verilog source code
  • Integration testbench and tests
  • Documentation
  • Scripts for simulation and synthesis with support for commonly-used EDA tools

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