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NXP and element14 team up for dual core controller development kit NXP and element14 have joined forces on a multimedia development kit based around NXP’s dual core ARM microcontroller. The LPC4357-EVB multimedia evaluation kit, exclusively available from element14, is based on NXP’s dual-core LPC4357 microcontroller that combines the Cortex-M4 and Cortex- M0 processors. The high-performance, low-cost board is aimed at developing DSP and MCU applications within a single architecture and development environment. The LPC4357-EVB features 256Mbit (32 MB) of serial Flash memory from Spansion. The QSPI Flash is connected to the LPC4357’s unique SPI Flash Interface which allows the M4 or M0 core to execute from the QSPI or access large tables of data or images. The Cortex-M4 processor combines the benefits of a Microcontroller with high-performance digital signal processing features such as single-cycle MAC, single instruction multiple data (SIMD) techniques, saturating arithmetic and a floating point unit. The Cortex-M0 coprocessor off-loads many of the data movement and I/O handling duties that can drain bandwidth from the Cortex-M4 core. NXP www.element14.com Industrial imaging computer features multicore CPU, GPU and FPGA technology Designed for computationally-demanding industrial imaging applications, the Matrox Supersight Solo high-performance computing platform from Matrox Imaging lets users integrate a powerful system host board with multiple GPUs, FPGAs and frame grabbers in a single robust chassis. Matrox Supersight Solo lets OEMs and systems integrators maximize compute density in a 4U chassis with up to thirteen PCIe 2.0 x16 slots. It also enables increased data bandwidth with dual PCIe 2.0 x16 host interfaces. The included system host board is equipped with one or two multi-core embedded Intel Xeon processors. Applications for Matrox Supersight Solo are developed using the Matrox Imaging Library (MIL), which includes tools for every step in the process: from application feasibility, to prototyping, through to development and ultimately deployment. Matrox www.matroximaging.com New multicore microcontrollers create industry’s largest range XMOS has launched a new range of microcontrollers, creating what it claims is the industry’s largest range of embedded multicore devices. The L Series adds 6-, 10- and 12-core variants, plus new memory size options, to the existing 8- and 16-core products in its xCORE family, which now includes over 50 devices, making it the world’s broadest range of multicore Microcontrollers says the Bristol, UK-based company. The new products join the recently announced xCORE-USB devices, and existing members of the general purpose L series (formerly known as L1 and L2). The L-series now consists of the 6-core XS1-L6-64, the 8-core XS1-L8-64 and 1000MIPS XS1-L8-128 with extended memory, the 10-core XS1-L10-128, the 12-core XS1-L12-128, and the 16-core XS1-L16-128. The new L8-128 integrates 128Kbytes of on-chip RAM and delivers enhanced performance, with each of the eight logical cores able to deliver up to 125MIPS of computing power. The introduction of 10- and 12-core options provides xCORE users with more flexibility on price and performance. The entire L-Series is organized into two pin-compatible groups, allowing designers to build multiple end-product variants using a single hardware platform, and to performance-enhance or cost-optimize designs as requirements evolve.The L-Series multicore microcontrollers are enabled by an evolution of the fundamental xCORE technology, which is based on powerful deterministic processor ‘tiles’, each of which is optimized to support a number of logical cores. For example, the XS1- L10-128 has two tiles, each of which provides five logical cores, giving a total of 10 logical cores in the device. Each logical core has its own instruction stream and register files, and takes a share in the tile’s 64KBytes of RAM. XMOS www.xmos.com www.electronics-eetimes.com Electronic Engineering Times Europe February 2013 39


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