Kilopass Technology Has described at MemCon in Santa Clara, Calif., its new embedded VCM (Vertical Cross-point Memory) NVM IP bit cell. The new VCM bit cell quadruples the density of today’s anti-fuse NVM IP bit cell. The VCM bit cell will make possible program storage where today’s embedded non-volatile memory (eNVM) technology is cost-prohibitive or unavailable at capacities of 4Mb to 32Mb. It will also enable a higher level of performance more similar to SRAM compared to existing slower eNVM technologies or external flash or EEPROM chips.
I received my Master Degree in Computer Sciences a little over forty years ago. The subject of my thesis was a computer based testing system for the manufacturing floor of the company I was working for. Another engineer who developed the hardware and myself developed a system to test incoming chips and completed PC boards in manufacturing. A minicomputer stored the tests and the results so that we could not only screen bad items, but also collect data about batches of incoming parts.
Mentor, in the last few month has increased the number of new products delivered from its Embedded Software Division. It underlies the important role software plays in system level design. This week Mentor announced its third generation Nucleus® Real Time Operating System (RTOS). The new version adds built-in power management capabilities that use hardware features such as Dynamic Voltage and Frequency Scaling (DVFS). New Nucleus connectivity features include a certified “IPv6 Ready” networking stack and security protocols, as well as a variety of wireless communication options such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Zigbee to enable faster time-to-market when developing connected devices.
It seems that two unrelated product introductions should make the life of developers of In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) systems easier. If one uses an Intel Atom processor and the Linux operating system as a base, then it looks like a few tailored components will complete the system provided by these two vendors. One hopes that since both are GENIVI compliant they will work together in a seamless manner. If not, it is back to work for the developers of the GENIVI standard.
Mentor Graphics Corporation has been focused on embedded systems development for some time. It has announced a new program composed of the Mentor® Embedded professional services and products specifically for hardware companies. The Mentor Embedded Hardware Enablement Program provides a spectrum of comprehensive services and training for embedded Android, Linux®, open source tools (GNU, GCC, Eclipse), user interface (UI) creation, and vertical markets, including in-vehicle infotainment (IVI), smart energy and retail applications.
Mentor is continuing is focus growth of its embedded software division working with freescale to provide Linux support for a new family of products.
Freescale Semiconductor has introduced its next-generation QorIQ multicore platform. The Advanced Multiprocessing (AMP) series incorporates a new, multithreaded 64-bit Power Architecture(R) core, 28-nm process technology, up to 24 virtual cores, groundbreaking acceleration engines and sophisticated power management to deliver new levels of performance and power efficiency. Freescale plans to introduce additional AMP products during each quarter following the initial product launch, filling out the platform across three tiers. Products are expected to address a vast array of high-performance applications.
The new flow is a direct result of the EDA360 vision published just about one year ago. The document recognizes that systems are designed and developed based on the application they provide, not on the latest capabilities of hardware manufacturing. hardware and software components are chosen given the requirements of the application, and in the majority of cases, the software components demand the majority of the development effort, and thus are responsible for the larger share of the cost.
Synopsys, Inc. announced Android operating system (v2.2 FroYo) support for the DesignWare™ ARC™ 750D processor core. The DesignWare ARC 750D host processor, which runs at 1.1 GHz and delivers 1800 DMIPs in an industry standard 40-nanometer (nm) process, is an ideal choice for designers requiring a high-performance, low-power and cost-effective microprocessor to drive Android-based applications. The DesignWare ARC 750D processor now allows designers to leverage the extensive, existing software and applications available for the Android operating system. Furthermore, designers are able to configure the processor hardware and application software to differentiate their products in the market.
Mentor Graphics Corporation acquired certain assets of CodeSourcery, Inc. a provider of open source GNU-based toolchains and services for advanced systems development.
Mentor Graphics Corporation announced the Mentor® Embedded ReadyStartT Platform support for the Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) Stellaris® ARM® CortexTM-M3 microcontrollers (MCUs). The recently announced ReadyStart Platform is a "ready-to-use" solution comprising integrated software IP, tools, and services targeting popular hardware boards and system-on-chips (SoCs). The Mentor Embedded ReadyStart Platform for the Stellaris ARM Cortex-M3 9000 series of MCUs will be demonstrated at the ARM TechCon in Santa Clara, California, November 10-11, 2010.