The “Internet of IP”?
I hope you made it to the Winchester Mystery House last week for the Silicon Valley IP Users Conference organized by Warren Savage and company (I was stuck on the East coast).
I wasn’t surprised to read in Tom Anderson’s excellent blog post on the event that predictions call for some 35 billion connected devices by 2020, each with its own SoC, most of which will be unique rather than standardized.
It’s easy to get burned out by the abundance of “IoT” hype these days. But it’s clear people will be designing a lot of different devices with diverse capabilities, all with a common need for low-power processing efficiency.
The IP we provide includes several great solutions to this need, from super-efficient graphics processors to lean IP network stacks to the greatest range of range of different image and video compression codecs available anywhere.
Microcontrollers and processors are of course central to this challenge, and we’re pleased to announce this week a great new IoT-ready member of the BA2x 32-bit processor line, the BA20 PipelineZero™ Embedded Processor.
What does PipelineZero mean? Read below, or better, give me a call or email — or see us at the Linley Processor Conference this Wednesday and Thursday — and I’ll be happy to tell you all about it.
— Hal Barbour, CEO, +1 201.391.8300 ext. 111
Preview: a New Processor for IoT and Wearables
Later this week at the Linley Processor Conference, we’re announcing a new member of the BA2x™ line we source from Beyond Semiconductor: the BA20 PipelineZero™ 32-bit Embedded Processor (preview the news release, PDF).
The BA20 is designed specifically for systems needing great energy and performance efficiency but not requiring the high operating frequencies of three- and five-stage pipelined processors. It employs the rather “retro” seeming approach of using a zero-stage execution pipeline to deliver remarkable results ideal for wearable electronics, IoT sensors, and other mobile devices:
- High Performance:
3.04 DMIPS/MHz and 3.41 CoreMarks/MHz.
- Small Silicon Area:
0.01mm2 (in a 9-track 40G process).
- Low Power Consumption:
2µW/MHz (9-track 40G process).
- Extreme Code Density:
Matches or beats industry’s best.
- Easy Software Development:
Full IDE, debug/trace, libraries & drivers.
The BA20’s great performance efficiency means it saves energy by running at lower clock rates, doing more in less time, and sleeping more often. Its smaller silicon area means lower power leakage for greater savings while idle. It also benefits from the extreme code density and other competitive traits of the whole BA2x Family.
Dynamic frequency scaling and other power management techniques enable further savings. Options including a hardware multiplier/divider, floating point units, and a range of pre-integrated peripherals let you tune the BA20 for your specific system.
Available with royalty-free, cost-effective licensing in Verilog RTL or FPGA netlists, the BA20 PipelineZero Processor Core gets its public announcement Wednesday. But newsletter readers can click through to get an early look at the BA20 datasheet now.
And if you need greater capabilities in a low-power embedded 32-bit processor or a full-fledged application processor, be sure to check out the complete BA2x Processor Family.
BA2x and PipelineZero are trademarks of Beyond Semiconductor.
In this Issue:
• The "I of IP"?
• New MPU Preview
• 8051 Partnership
• Product Updates
Linley Processor Conference October 22 - 23, 2014
Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, CA
Presentation, Wednesday, 1:20pm
IP-Embedded System Conference & Exhibition
November 5 - 6, 2014
• IoT Wonderland for IP based Electronic Systems
• What is the most efficient distribution scheme for an IP Providers and IP Consumers?
January 27 - 30, 2015
Santa Clara Convention Center
Embedded World 2015 Exhibition and Conference
February 24 - 26, 2015
New 8051 Partnership with IAR Systems
The powerful, user-friendly, and highly effective compiler and debugging tools from IAR Systems are growing fast in popularity, and we’re happy to have started a new partnership with them around our 8051 microcontroller cores. Watch for specific announcements coming soon, and meanwhile check out the excellent IAR Embedded Workbench® embedded development toolchain.
Recent Product Updates
New benchmark results have been posted for most members of the BA2x Processor Family.
The BA22-RT was renamed to better reflect its capabilities as the BA22-CE Cache-Enabled Embedded Processor.
The Think2.5D gained support for FreeRTOS uGFX drivers and the ThinkLCD-ML for RTOS.
The UDPIP-1G/10G UDP/IP Hardware Protocol Stack Core added support for jumbo frames.
Two new products introduced:
• the MTS-E MPEG Transport Stream Multiplexing & Encapsulation Engine
• the BA20 PipelineZero 32-bit Embedded Processor
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