Category Archives: ARM

Freescale demonstrates first-pass Kinetis L silicon at Design West (The conference formerly known as the Embedded Systems Conference)

Two weeks ago, ARM introduced its new low-end Cortex-M0+ 32-bit processor core. At the same time, Freescale announced that it was planning on introducing a new line of Kinetis “L” low-power microcontrollers based on the ARM Cortex-M0+ processor. (See “How … Continue reading

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Want more information on ARM’s view of the server landscape? Attend EDPS on April 5

In just a couple of weeks, plus a day or two, ARM’s Director of Server Systems and Ecosystem Ian Ferguson will be presenting ARM’s views about the server market in the “Low-Power with Performance” session of the EDPS Workshop. With … Continue reading

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Playing poker with applications processors: Can two ARM Cortex-A15 cores beat four ARM Cortex-A9 cores?

One maxim in the multicore biz is that more (processor cores) is better. Is that really true? All the time? “No” says Texas Instruments. In connection with this weeks (MWC) Mobile World Congress neing held in Barcelona, Texas instruments has … Continue reading

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Infineon launches microcontroller series based on ARM Cortex-M4 core, targets industrial drives, power and energy conversion, and automation

Last month, Infineon introduced the XMC4000 series of microcontrollers based on the ARM Cortex-M4 processor core augmented with a floating-point unit. (Note: Don’t confuse the Infineon XMC4000 series with the NXP LPC4000 series of microcontrollers based on the ARM Cortex-M4 … Continue reading

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ARM big.LITTLE multicore IP architecture wins a Microprocessor Report Analysts’ Choice Award

This week in the Microprocessor Report, the Linley Group announced its Analysts’ Choice Award winners and declared the ARM big.LITTLE multicore IP architecture as the best processor IP of the year: “Designed to extend battery life by up to 70%, … Continue reading

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Nvidia Tegra 3 based on five ARM Cortex-A9 cores is mobile processor of the year declares Microprocessor Report

This week in the Microprocessor Report, the Linley Group announced its Analysts’ Choice Award winners and declared the Nvidia Tegra 3 to be the top mobile processor announced in 2011. As published in the article announcing the winners: “Choosing the … Continue reading

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Towards the $100 smartphone: Spreadtrum Communications moves up the food chain with Android baseband SoCs

Just a year ago, EDA360 Insider discussed the successful tapeout and first-pass silicon success of the SC8800G cellular baseband SoC from Spreadtrum Communications. (See “Spreadtrum achieves first-pass success with 40nm cellular baseband SoC, credits Silicon Realization”) Now, an EETimes article … Continue reading

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3D Week: Wide I/O SDRAM, Network on Chip, Multicore, TSV, Asynchronous Logic—3D SoC stack from CEA-Leti and ST-Ericsson hits all the advanced notes. Can you say “Tour de Force”?

Yesterday, at the RTI 3D Conference, Pascal Vivet from CEA-Leti and Vincent Guérin from ST-Ericsson unveiled a 3D IC project that represents a real Tour de Force of cutting-edge system technology. The quest starts with a key question: “What’s the … Continue reading

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More news on the asymmetric processing SoC front

Back in October during ARM TechCon, Freescale announced plans to produce a family of chips based on a platform built around a pair of asymmetric processor cores: the ARM Cortex-A5 and Cortex-M4. Freescale’s dual-core approach is similar in concept to … Continue reading

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Asymmetric, dual-core NXP LPC4300 microcontrollers split tasks between ARM Cortex-M4 and -M0 cores, cost $3.75 and up

NXP Semiconductors announced today that it is now shipping its first LPC4300 dual-core, ARM-based microcontroller—the LPC4350. This microcontroller family packs an asymmetrical pair of 32-bit RISC ARM Cores—an ARM Cortex-M4 and an ARM Cortex-M0—with both processors runing at 204MHz (up … Continue reading

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How fast can an ARM Cortex-A15 run? 2GHz in Samsung’s 32nm process technology. That’s fast!

At the eighth annual Samsung Mobile Solutions Forum held at the Westin Taipei, Taiwan, Samsung previewed the Exynos 5250 applications processor, which is based on a dual-core implementation of the ARM Cortex-A15 processor running at 2GHz implemented in the company’s … Continue reading

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Want some Top Secret ARM Cortex-A15 implementation info?

This blog has covered the ARM Cortex-A15 processor core several time over the last year. Now you can get a better idea of the resources available to you if you are interested in implementing an ARM Cortex –A15 processor in … Continue reading

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What can 20MW Exascale computers teach us about SoC Realization?

I regularly write about Deepak Sekar’s blogs and his latest entry about a talk given by NVIDIA’s Chief Scientist Bill Dally is causing me to quote from Sekar’s blog once again. Sekar is MonolithIC 3D’s Chief Scientist, so I suppose … Continue reading

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Power, Performance, Cost. FDSOI lets you pick any three. Want proof? How about an ARM Cortex-M0 processor core example?

Last week, the first session of the International SoC Conference focused on FDSOI (fully depleted silicon-on-insulator) IC fabrication. Now if your thinking resembles mine before I watched this presentation, you think that FDSOI is an advanced IC-fabrication process that gives … Continue reading

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The WORD on ARM’s big.LITTLE Cortex-A15/A7 design philosophy from Jack Ganssle, a leading expert and consultant on embedded design and firmware development

I’ve written up many bits of wisdom from my friend Jack Ganssle before and his latest Embedded Muse newsletter carries a lead article on the new ARM big.LITTLE design philosophy that teams a high-powered ARM Cortex-A15 processor core with a … Continue reading

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Who wants more technical detail on the Altera SoC FPGA? Altera says…you!

After the previous post on the announcement of the Altera SoC FPGA ran in EDA360 Insider—see “The other shoe drops: Altera introduces SoC FPGA, mates ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processor complex with FPGA fabric”—I heard from people at Altera. They wanted … Continue reading

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Some critical considerations for SoC and Silicon Realization teams thinking about using ARM Cortex-A7 or ARM Cortex-A8 processor cores

ARM sort of dropped the introduction of the ARM Cortex-A7 processor core out of the sky a couple of weeks ago (see “ARM drops Cortex-A7 core on unsuspecting market, devastates low-power SoC and application-processor landscapes. What’s it all mean?”), so … Continue reading

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How about a quick and easy guide to ARM Cortex processor cores? Got one for you from ARM TechCon 2011

I met with Nandan Nayampally, Director of CPU Product Marketing for the Processor Division at ARM, at ARM TechCon 2011 last week and asked him for a short-form way of understanding the three major classes of 32-bit ARM Cortex processor … Continue reading

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ExtremeTech.com provides some lessons to be learned from the Google Nexus One smartphone’s system-level design and Android 4.0—Ice Cream Sandwich

Ryan Whitwam at ExtremeTech.com has written another insightful article on System Realization as it relates to the Google Nexus One smartphone’s supposed inability to run Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), the latest and soon-to-be-introduced version of the Google Android OS. As … Continue reading

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Friday Video (late): Want more info on the AppliedMicro 64-bit ARM v8 X-Gene server SoC? Photos and a link to a video

AppliedMicro rolled out its 64-bit, ARM v8-based X-Gene server SoC last week at ARM TechCon 2011. The company put on a 1-hour presentation that I unfortunately missed. However, the presentation with slides is now on line and they will provide … Continue reading

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AppliedMicro demos FPGA emulation of multicore server chip based on new 64-bit ARMv8 architecture

OK, well that didn’t take very long at all. Minutes after ARM rolled out the 64-bit ARMv8 architecture announcement at ARM TechCon 2011, AMCC announced that it will be producing a multicore server chip dubbed “X-Gene” based on the new … Continue reading

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ARM unveils 64-bit v8 architecture at ARM TechCon 2011

After hinting about it all this week, ARM unveiled a new 64-bit processor architecture at ARM TechCon 2011 today during the keynote speech by CTO Mike Muller, who gave few technical specifics. First, he said, this is an architecture announcement—not … Continue reading

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Is it all about the [embedded] apps like EDA360 says? ARM and Avnet open an online software store for embedded developers

In a very surprising move first thing today at the ARM TechCon 2011 event, Avnet Electronics Marketing and ARM announced a new Embedded Software Store where you can search for, purchase, and download embedded software and development tools for ARM … Continue reading

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Want to start writing code for the two ARM Cortex-A9 processors on the Xilinx Zynq-7000 EPP right now? Virtual Platform makes it possible

As of today, you can start to develop application software for the Xilinx Zynq-7000 family of Extensible Processing Platforms (EPP) using a virtual prototyping platform announced today and jointly developed by Xilinx and Cadence. The virtual platform provides an accurate … Continue reading

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Ambarella cuts power on HD camera controller SoC using Samsung 32nm process technology

Last month, I wrote about the introduction of Ambarella’s new A7L SoC for controlling HD video and digital still cameras. (See “3-processor SoC for digital still cameras incorporates an ARM 1136J-S RISC processor core plus separate image and video processors”.) … Continue reading

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