Microchip Technology has expanded their Arduino compatible chipKIT platform ecosystem. This includes the chipKIT Pi Expansion Board, which is a new Raspberry Pi tool that it co-developed with element14. The chipKIT Pi’s advanced features simplify Arduino based application development for the Raspberry Pi.The new expansion board also adds large memory space, fast performance and integrated peripherals for human-interface, audio-processing and advanced-control applications. The chipKIT Pi Expansion Board is priced at $28. Boards are expected to become available in the final week of September.
YoYo Games unveiled GameMaker: Studio MIPS Edition. The fast and easy game development software is ideal for MIPS-Based products such as tablets and other devices. GameMaker: Studio is a leading 2D development suite for game developers. With the new MIPS Edition, developers of existing GameMaker games can quickly bring their games to MIPS-Based devices. The MIPS software tool is available now for free.
Historically the smartphone market has been dominated by ARM-based applications processors. ARM processors offer the best power efficiency while having comparatively less processing grunt than Intel equivalents. However, according to ABI Research, both Intel and ARM are addressing their weaknesses. In the next few years, the performance/power efficiency of the technologies will be equal. At that point the competition in the market should be immense. x86 and MIPS cores have entered the market this year, and are expected to grow to about 18% of the market by 2016.
Currently, two architectures, ARM and x86 dominate the low and high-end of the mobile market, respectively, and are battling it out for the mid-range convergence devices like e-readers, tablets, and netbooks. However, other architectures, such as MIPS and SH, are equally suited to power mobile SoCs and as more emphasis is placed on the OS and mobile applications, the use of a particular processor architecture or instruction set is likely to become less important, says In-Stat. The differentiating factors become price, power, and performance as competing architectures wage war to gain their share of the nearly 4 billion unit mobile processor market in 2014.
Mobility and mobile devices are reshaping the entire high-tech industry. Everything from silicon chipsets to software to services are being reshaped by mobility. Smartphones will continue to be the innovation driver in mobile processor technology, particularly with the integration of multiple cores, GPUs and baseband modems. While there will be some convergence of devices and usage models, consumer patterns and the history of the high-tech market indicate that the total number of mobile devices will continue to expand, increasing the TAM of mobile processors to nearly 4 billion by 2014, says In-Stat.
Magma® Design Automation (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design software, announced availability of a validated Talus®-based RTL-to-GDSII reference flow for system-on-chip (SoC) designs that incorporate high-performance embedded microprocessor cores from MIPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIPS), including the MIPS32® 1004K[tm], 74K®, 34K® and 24K® families. With this reference flow and the MIPS® IP, mutual customers can achieve repeatable results and speed deployment of advanced SoCs.
Imperas announced a flow with Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) focused on enabling more productive and higher quality embedded software development with the Mentor Graphics® Nucleus Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) and the Mentor Embedded[TM] software tools. With firmware and application software development taking the majority of the resources for developing embedded, creating new flows for embedded software is increasingly important. The Imperas flow with Mentor Graphics Embedded Software Division (ESD) tools, including the Mentor Nucleus RTOS and EDGE products, makes it easier to use the Open Virtual Platforms (OVP) open source models for the development of embedded systems.