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.
Atego recently launched Aonix Perc Ultra SMP 5.4. The latest version of the development tool supports concurrent multi-processor Garbage Collection (GC) technology atop ARM multi-core processors. Aonix Perc Ultra SMP 5.4 supports multi-core ARM processors such as those based on the ARM Cortex A9 processor. Initial testing of this port was done using a four core ARM processor running Linux. Aonix Perc Ultra SMP 5.4 for Linux/ARM target support is available now from Atego.
Mentor Embedded launched their first commercial Linux platform, Mentor Embedded Linux. The RTOS is a result of Mentor Graphics’ acquisition of Embedded Alley, the alliance between Freescale Semiconductor and Mentor Graphics, and a similar alliance with NetLogic Microsystems. Mentor Embedded Linux enables developers to design customized applications, fully compatible with open source packages, with no vendor lock-in and greater reliability while accelerating overall design development time. The platform provides comprehensive open source Linux software, tools, and maintenance and support.
ARM will host a webinar titled, Migrating Microchip PIC18 or PIC24 Projects to ARM Cortex-M MCUs – Moving From Old to New. The webcast will take place at 10am Pacific time (1pm ET) on Tuesday May 4, 2010. The online seminar will demonstrate the tangible benefits of migrating from an old architecture to an ARM Cortex-M processor. The Cortex-M family of 32-bit processors will reduce development cost and time-to-market.
kDiagnostics Design Suite, from Kozio, now supports AppliedMicro’s PowerPC 460GTx and 460 SX storage processors for embedded systems. Kozio’s in-system diagnostics solution features at-speed functional tests with interactive and automated interfaces. Kozio’s kDiagnostics Design Suite with the 460 GTx and SX support is available now. The price for the royalty-free kDiagnostics Design Suite starts at $14,950.
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.
Freescale Semiconductor announced four new solutions for the UTM/security appliance market. The offerings enable OEMs to quickly and cost effectively develop a range of security applications including UTM appliances, IPS/IDS appliances, content security appliances, secured routers, VPN routers, secured switches and business gateways. The PowerQUICC-MPC8572 and MPC8540 solutions are available now. The QorIQ-P2010 and P2020 solutions are available for evaluation and initial development and are planned for ODM production mid-year.
Carbon Design Systems and VeriSilicon have integrated VeriSilicon’s ZSP models into the Carbon SoC Designer virtual platform. VeriSilicon processors enable users to perform implementation-accurate architectural analysis and pre-silicon firmware development. The VeriSilicon ZSP integration is available now from Carbon Design Systems.
The LDRA tool suite has integrated with Microchip Technology’s MPLAB PIC18, PIC24, and dsPIC32/33 tool chains. The LDRA tool suite integration enables developers to use very low-cost, low-power PIC processors in DO-178B qualified environments. Even though Microchip Technology follows a non-ANSI standard C implementation, LDRA is able to analyze and run code on the target and extract the results to create reports identical to those from a more fully featured development environment.
CEVA will host a webinar on January 12, 2010 at 8:00 am Pacific (11:00 am Eastern / 16:00 GMT). The title of the webcast is: Optimize your Software Development Flow — An intelligent C-level development process for modern embedded processors. Overview: In the online seminar, CEVA will explore the latest challenges in software development for advanced embedded architectures and propose a practical flow to meet target performance with minimal risk and shortest development time.