element14 and Freescale Semiconductor are sponsoring two free one-hour webinars. The title of the webcast is: Energy efficient designs made simple with the rich enablement of Kinetis L series microcontrollers. The online seminars will take place on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 12 noon CDT and on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 12 noon CDT. Engineers can attend the live webinars or view on-demand versions afterwards on the element14 engineering community.
Cortus announced their APS5 embedded microcontroller. The Cortus APS5 is a 32-bit general purpose CPU. The processor IP is designed for demanding embedded systems. It features a high performance integer unit and an instruction cache. The APS5 can be implemented in dual- or quad-core configurations or be used in a heterogeneous system with APS3R.
According to International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide PC microprocessor unit shipments and revenues in the third calendar quarter of 2010 (3Q10) increased 2.1% and 2.5%, respectively, compared to 2Q10. Worldwide PC microprocessor unit shipments and revenues in the third calendar quarter of 2010 (3Q10) increased 8.6% and 24.1%, respectively, compared to the third quarter of 2009. The findings were published in IDC’s latest PC processor study, Worldwide PC Microprocessor 3Q10 Vendor Shares.
Silicon Laboratories launched a web-based library of schematic symbols and printed-circuit board (PCB) footprints. The online symbol library features PCB footprints and schematic symbols that are available for download in a vendor neutral format. The library speeds the development of embedded system applications based on Silicon Labs’ embedded mixed-signal products.
The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC) is developing new benchmarks that will track the performance of embedded processors with floating-point hardware units. Floating point (FP) refers to the ability of an embedded processor to crunch numbers that are too large or small to be represented as integers. Many embedded processors include hardware FP units (FPUs) to enable higher levels of precision. The new EEMBC benchmarks will enable embedded system developers to evaluate FPU performance on the basis of consistent and controlled data.
IAR Systems introduced the IAR KickStart kit for NXP LPC1114. The IAR KickStart Kit includes a development board fitted with the LPC1114 microcontroller, an 8K KickStart edition of IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM, and a 20-state evaluation edition of IAR visualSTATE. IAR KickStart Kit for LPC1114 is priced at $139 (€ 100). According to IAR Systems, this might be the world’s first commercial starter kit for ARM Cortex-M0-based microcontrollers.
Viosoft launched the Android Adoption Kit for MIPS-Based digital multimedia designs. The Android Adoption Kit includes Sigma Designs’ Vantage 8654 Development Platform, the Viosoft Arriba IDE/Debugger, access to the latest Android on MIPS and Linux source code from the MIPSAndroid community portal, and online support from Viosoft. The Android Adoption Kit is available now and is priced at $995 (US). For the first 100 customers, Viosoft will discount the full purchase price toward the purchase of the Viosoft Arriba Embedded Linux Edition, or the Android Porting Kit for professional users.
MIPS Technologies introduced the Arriba for Android Porting Kit (APK) for the MIPS architecture. With the Arriba APK, OEMs can quickly tailor and optimize Android for specific platforms. The Arriba APK is available now. The Arriba APK includes the first year of development tool maintenance, along with 60 days of support from Viosoft. Viosoft’s Arriba tools support single and multi-core platforms, providing support for any MIPS-based Android target. All MIPS processors are supported, from MIPS architecture licensees’ designs to MIPS’ complete offering of licensable cores including the 1004K coherent processing system.
IAR Embedded Workbench® for ARM® and IAR PowerPac for ARM now supports the fourth generation of Texas Instruments’ ARM Cortex[tm] -M3-based Stellaris® microcontroller (MCU) family. IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM is a set of sophisticated and easy-to-use development tools. It incorporates an ARM Cortex-M3 C/C++ compiler, assembler, linker, librarian, text editor, project manager, and debugger combined in an integrated development environment (IDE) for programming embedded applications.
Evatronix SA recently introduced the T8051 IP Core, which is the smallest microcontroller that implements Intel 8051 Instruction Set Architecture. The design has one of the best performance-to-size ratios on the market. The T8051 IP core is available for licensing now. Standard deliverables include various sets of scripts for trouble-free synthesis and simulation as well as an extensive Verilog 2001 testbench, while the proprietary prototyping environment can be purchased as an option.
With the CPU’s 2700 gates, the T8051 is ideal for IC designers who want to make use of complete 8-bit architecture functionality while substantially reducing the size of their systems. The lowest possible gate count is especially valuable for engineers working with mixed signal designs implemented in older processes with larger feature sizes, where the silicon area is a significant factor.
The T8051 makes it possible to replace hard-coded control FSM with a programmable microcontroller, which was hard to reach with a significant difference in gate count between the two solutions.
Despite its tiny size, the T8051 is a powerful 8-bit microcontroller. Instruction cycle latency has been tuned to minimize hardware resources, however, the core still performs 4.1 times better than the original Intel 8051 in terms of Dhrystone MIPS per MHz. Communication with both built-in and external memories has been accelerated by de-multiplexing the address and data buses, while alternate port functions such as external interrupts and serial interface are available on separate pins – all this to give the user a possibility to connect and effectively manage a greater number of peripheral devices.