Power.org, the open collaborative organization that enables, develops and promotes standards for Power Architecture® technology, unveiled its new Power Architecture Silicon Roadmap, the heart of the Power Architecture ecosystem, and released data from IMS Research showing that Power Architecture technology remains the worldwide market leader.
EnSilica, a leading independent provider of front-end IC design services, has announced a special licensing deal to encourage existing 8051 licensees to switch their next ASIC design start to an eSi-1600 16-bit soft processor core. For all enquiries received before January 31, 2011 and subject to Terms and Conditions, EnSilica is offering to match their 8051 license fee.
RF Engines Limited (RFEL) has extended the range of its Digital Down Converter (DDC) technology so that it can now process up to 1 GHz of bandwidth (2Gsps ADC rate) input and provide a narrower band output. This technology can operate with fixed frequencies and bandwidths or be fully flexible as required. One of the main application areas is for Electronic Surveillance in military digital receivers, where this approach enables a desired signal band to be extracted from a wide slice of the spectrum in order that further analysis of the signal content can be carried out.
Continuing its focus on ARM-based processors, Quadros Systems, Inc., a leading provider of real-time operating systems (RTOS), announced support for the Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) OMAP[tm] 3 platform, which features an ARM Cortex-A8 architecture from ARM Ltd. Developers can now combine the efficiency and scalability of RTXC software family with the performance and energy efficiency of OMAP35x processors.
Intel Corporation introduced its all new 2010 Intel® Core[tm] family of processors, delivering unprecedented integration and smart performance, including Intel® Turbo Boost Technology for laptops, desktops and embedded devices. The introduction of new Intel® Core[tm] i7, i5 and i3 chips coincides with the arrival of Intel’s groundbreaking new 32 nanometer (nm) manufacturing process – which for the first time in the company’s history – will be used to immediately produce and deliver processors and features at a variety of price points, and integrate high-definition graphics inside the processor. This unprecedented ramp and innovation reflects Intel’s $7 billion investment announced early last year in the midst of a major global economic recession.
Marvell (Nasdaq: MRVL), a worldwide leader in integrated silicon solutions, announced another breakthrough in advanced chip design: the world’s first “quadruple” core processor for applications utilizing the ARM instruction set. Building on a long and successful history of CPU core development and previous multicore implementations, Marvell’s achievement represents a milestone breakthrough for the ARM ecosystem with many positive implications for consumers. Based on the same CPU architecture as the Marvell® ARMADA(TM) 500 and 600 processor series, Marvell’s quadcore implementation can deliver gigahertz-plus processing per core and is designed for customer-specific products such as mass consumer market and high volume gaming applications.
MIPS Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: MIPS) and Tensilica® Inc. announced they are working together to accelerate SOC (system-on-chip) design activity on the popular Android platform. Together, MIPS and Tensilica will help companies speed the design of new home entertainment and mobile consumer products based on Android. A joint demo of a MIPS32® processor core integrated with Tensilica’s HiFi 2 Audio DSP will be on display in suites that both companies have at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 7-10, 2010.
ARM Cortex-M3 and ARM Cortex-A8 core based microcontrollers not only feature a high processing power at low power consumption compared to MCUs with ARM7/ARM9 cores, but also, and above all, significantly better debug and test possibilities. For example, new technologies such as Serial Wire Debug (SWD), Serial Wire Viewer (SWV) and Instrumentation Trace Macrocell (ITM) enable observation of systems – also while an application is running – without any or with very little change of the timing behavior.