IC Project Analyzer (ICPA), from Numetrics, is a tool for semiconductor product development teams that calculates schedule risk of newly planned IC projects and benchmarks performance of completed projects against the industry. IC Project Analyzer is based on the same core technology and industry database in Numetrics’ NMX-ERP tool suite that semiconductor and electronics companies use to plan and benchmark their IC and embedded software projects. ICPA is available as software-as-a-service (SaaS). For a limited time, the tool can be used free of charge.
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.