New Year, New IP
2013 is shaping up to be one of our busiest—and best—years yet, as we work to improve and expand the IP products that give our customers that extra competitive edge.
Things kick off next week with DesignCon, where we're focusing on processor IP. We've just announced a new version of the IDE for the BA2x Family 32-bit processor cores we offer, and next week we're announcing a powerful new member of this family, the BA25 Application Processor Core. Read about both below.
Our December webinar on processors for low-power systems proved quite popular. We intend to do more of these in coming months; meanwhile, watch the recording if you missed it:
CPU Subsystem Total Power Consumption: Understanding the Factors and Selecting the Best IP
If you'll be in Santa Clara next week, stop by our DesignCon booth to talk about our view of IP in 2013, or give me an email or call if you'd like to schedule a private meeting to see our new products in more detail.
-- Hal Barbour, President, +1 201.391.8300 ext. 111
Easier Programming with Updated BA22 IDE
The BA2x™ Processor Family we source from Beyond Semiconductor has an Eclipse-based IDE called BeyondStudio™. It extends the GNU C/C++ tools for Beyond's BA2™ instruction set architecture, and includes special libraries and functions to simplify development of BA22-based systems.
A new version of BeyondStudio, 1.1.6, now includes the latest GNU compiler (GCC 4.7.2) and debugger (GDB 7.5.1). Benefits include better link-time optimization—we're seeing code size decreased by 10% and BA22 benchmarks increased from 2.31 to 2.44 Coremarks—and tighter DSP-related code.
The IDE also includes newlib C runtime library support for more processor configurations, and more JTAG debug cable options.
Read more about how BeyondStudio simplifies processor development in our press release from this week. Current customers: get your update by contacting your sales person or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
New BA25 Advanced Application Processor Core
Next week at DesignCon we're announcing a new BA2 ISA compatible processor core that can handle sophisticated applications and can serve as the main processor in systems running Android or Linux.
Like the existing BA22, which targets embedded systems and basic applications, the new BA25 Advanced Application Processor is royalty-free yet technically competitive.
Building on the BA22's silicon-proven design, the BA25 provides better performance (800 MHz on TSMC60nm-L), supports out-of-order completion and branch prediction, uses a pipelined architecture with seven stages or more, and optionally employees two-level caches and memory management.
Watch for our upcoming announcement to learn more, or if it sounds like the BA25 fits your immediate needs, email or call (+1 201.391.8300) now.
80251 Performance Improvements
Our R80251XC configurable microcontroller is a good option when you need more capability than an 8051 but less than one of our BA2x Family processors.
It runs legacy 8051 code and offers familiar 8051 programming with tools like Keil, yet provides significant advantages including running 3.6 times faster and boosting addressable memory to 16 MB.
Recent improvements by Evatronix make the 80251 even more attractive. The core's speed has improved significantly, now reaching 0.397 DMIPS/MHz (on 65nm clocked over 300 MHz). And program fetching is better: fetching 32 bits of code means the core can fill half its instruction queue in just one cycle. Check out the R80251XC datasheet page for all the details.
Try Them Yourself
We try hard before a sale to make sure our product really matches your requirements. From this commitment to your satisfaction comes the ability for the ultimate test: try the core yourself.
Aids like cycle-accurate instruction set simulators and bit-accurate software models let you easily experiment with most of our processor and compression cores. When you're ready for a more detailed evaluation, reference design board kits make it possible to try these cores in your own environment with your own data.
Complete eval board packages get you up and running with 8051 or BA2X processors, while compression function systems make it easy to evaluate H.264 or JPEG cores with your own video streams or photos. Talk with your sales person for details.
In this Issue:
Jan. 29-30, 2013
Santa Clara, California
Feb. 26-28, 2013
New Electronics-2013 Russia
March 26 - 28, 2013,
EXPOCENTR, Moscow, Russia
Visit our local partner UnivEDA
June 2-6, 2013
"This quick upgrade to give BA22 programmers the latest GNU tools shows our commitment to providing an industry-competitive 32-bit processor solution.
Whether serving as a step up from 8-bit microcontrollers or in direct competition with traditional 32-bit processors, royalty-free BA2x Family processor cores offer a no-compromise set of benefits and results, including a broad ecosystem and easy system development."
Nikos Zervas, CAST VP Marketing
- Evaluated and published Xilinx 7 device implementation results for JPEG2K-E, MAC-L, MAC-1g-L, C68000, C32025, C80186EC, C80186XL, and I2CHS cores.
- Released BeyondStudio 1.1.6
- Launching BA25 Processor Core Jan. 29.
- Improved R80251XC core's memory operations and performance.
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