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A head-to-head comparison of the ARM Cortex-M4 and –M0 processor cores by Jack Ganssle

Jack Ganssle has just published the latest edition of his Embedded Muse newsletter with a very informative, hands-on look at the ARM Cortex-M4 and –M0 processor cores in the NXP LPC4350. In particular, Jack looked at processing speed and power … Continue reading

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Would you like a guide to several new microcontrollers based on the ARM Cortex-M series of processor cores?

Alban Rampon has just published a guide to many new developments surrounding the ARM Cortex-M series of microcontroller cores. The guide includes a discussion of Freescale Kinetis L microcontrollers based on the ARM Cortex-M0+ core; discussions of microcontrollers based on … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi + Canon = Camera Pi: ARM 11 and Linux hack of a Canon 5D Mk II DSLR

Here’s a link to a very interesting and cool hack of a Canon 5D Mk II DSLR achieved by stuffing a Raspberry Pi Linux-based single-board computer into an accessory battery grip. EDA360 Insider has covered the Raspberry Pi board before. … Continue reading

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Friday Video: A brief history of PDAs with system-design tips through three teardowns

Once more, Australia’s Dave Jones has produces an eminently watchable and helpful video where he tears down three PDAs from 1986, 1996, and 2004: A Psion Organiser, a US Robotics Palm Pilot 5000, and an HP iPaq. Over two decades, … Continue reading

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Need to make an ARM Cortex-A9 processor core all it can be?

A new blog published today on the ARM Web site titled “How do you take an ARM POP up one more notch?” describes a very recent collaboration between ARM and Cadence to enhance the ARM POP IP, which helps any … Continue reading

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Cavium “Thunders” approval of 64-bit ARM v8 processor cores for cloud and server apps

In an unusual press release, network processor vendor Cavium has revealed plans for Project Thunder,” which will develop a family of multi-core SoCs based on the 64-bit ARM v8 processor architecture. The processors will be full-custom cores based on the … Continue reading

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RTOS pioneer Jim Ready discusses the intersection between embedded design and EDA

Richard Goering has just published a pretty interesting interview with Jim Ready—one of the industry’s true embedded RTOS pioneers—in his Industry Insights blog. Ready developed VRTX in the early 1980s and his MontaVista team commercialized a version of embedded Linux … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Two more low-cost, ARM-based, embedded-Linux development boards from ODROID and Google

Recently, I published a list of 39 low-cost, ARM-based, embedded-Linux development boards. (See “39 low-cost boards for embedded Linux application development starting with Raspberry Pi. Want the list?”) I ran across two more of these dev boards this week that … Continue reading

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39 low-cost boards for embedded Linux application development starting with Raspberry Pi. Want the list?

Thanks to Google+, I just found this very interesting list of 39 low-cost development boards supporting embedded Linux development. Most of these boards cost less than US $200 and many of them cost less than US $100. The list was … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Freescale pits Kinetis L microcontroller against parts from Microchip, TI, and Renesas. Guess who wins the low-power derby?

I’ve written a lot this week about the low-power Kinetis L microcontroller from Freescale, a low-power, mixed-signal IC design now shipping in alpha silicon. I have just found this new Freescale video, which was probably shot at this week’s Freescale … Continue reading

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The Freescale Kinetis L microcontrollers based on the ARM Cortex-M0+ processor core: But what do they do???

A couple of days ago, I wrote that Freescale had announced that it was shipping alpha samples of its new Kinetis L microcontroller, which is based on the 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0+ processor core. (See “Freescale starts sampling $0.49 Kinetis L … Continue reading

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What effect does the ARM Cortex-M0 core have on mixed-signal microcontroller design?

Earlier this month at DAC, ARM, NXP, and Cadence hosted a panel on mixed-signal design as it applies to microcontroller design. Richard Goering posted a great summary of the topics discussed at the panel, but I want to tease out … Continue reading

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Microprocessor Report: 10 billion chips shipped in 2011 with licensed CPU cores and ARM’s share was 78%

Last month, Microprocessor Report’s Linley Gwennap published an article titled “10 Billion Chips Use Licensed CPUs.” That’s billion with a “B.” The size of that number might surprise you, but the handset market alone consumes about a billion of those … Continue reading

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Smart analog/mixed-signal IC designs are—er—smarter. Learn how to stuff a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M core into an AMS design at DAC. Lunch included

In these days of the SoC, one chip has to do it all. That means both analog and digital processing. Now you can get a first-hand look at how successful design teams have integrated ARM Cortex-M processor cores in their … Continue reading

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Optimizing ARM-based advanced-node SoCs at 28nm and 20nm? Learn how to optimize for power, performance, and area on May 14 in Munich.

Physical-aware synthesis and clock-concurrent optimization are two new ways to optimize your ARM-based advanced-node or mixed-signal SoCs for power, performance, and area (PPA). CDNLive! EMEA includes a Techtorial focusing on several methods of PPA optimization for ARM-based advanced-node SoCs at … Continue reading

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3 disruptive embedded hardware/software trends from Michael Barr

Michael Barr was the Editor in Chief of Embedded Systems Programming magazine for several years; he has stayed connected to the wider world of embedded system development; and he’s definitely got an informed perspective on embedded development. Barr published a … 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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Element14 sells out of the first batch of Raspberry Pi single-board ARM 11 computers in one day

I just went to check about ordering an ARM-based Raspberry Pi computer board and Newark/Element14—the US distributor—has already sold out its initial allotment. Here are the specs: SoC Broadcom BCM2835 (CPU, GPU, DSP, and SDRAM) CPU: 700 MHz ARM1176JZF-S core … Continue reading

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3D Thursday (Leap Year edition): Raspberry Pi now on sale, Feb 29

The Raspberry Pi foundation has announced that you can now order the Raspberry Pi Model B—a $35 single-board computer—from its distributors: Premier Farnell (Element14 in the US) and RS Components. If you’re not familiar with the RaspBerry Pi board, it’s a … 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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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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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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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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ARM drops Cortex-A7 core on unsuspecting market, devastates low-power SoC and application-processor landscapes. What’s it all mean?

ARM has just announced the ARM Cortex-A7 processor core for SoC designers and the low-power landscape will never be the same again. Why? Because the Cortex-A7 core implemented in a 28nm process technology is reportedly one fifth the size of … Continue reading

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