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"At the end of 2010, it became clear that what we should do was to create a library of common "useful" functions accelerated by NEON that applications developers could just pick up and use. We had already had success with the creation of OpenMAX DL- a library of low-level multimedia kernels or media processing building blocks to accelerate media codecs, but with this new library we wanted to focus our efforts on a broader applications domain. Our goal was to allow applications developers to freely make use of some or all of the functions in the library and if it didn't meet their specific needs they could at least learn by example from the library and share that knowledge with their peers. We also wanted to give developers the opportunity to contribute their code back into the library. To attain these goals it was clear we needed to release the project as source code under a suitable open source license and so we chose Apache 2. The library's design also needed to be modular with a minimum of interdependencies so that developers could pick out individual functions if they wanted rather than be required to use the entire library as part of their application. In addition we decided to create non-NEON optimized versions of the functions to ensure API-level portability for the few remaining ARM SoC's that don't have NEON today."
"I've been in the embedded x86 business for many years. During this time, I came to like the openness and flexibility offered by embedded PC technology. Consequently I also like the latest ARM processors working in a more PC-like way. Not because of the PC-like functionality itself, this is nothing new. I like them because they deliver it in a very attractive ultra-low power envelope. This opens up a load of new windows for completely new applications. End customers of embedded hardware also like this new technology very much. They like the power savings and the lightweight system designs. They like endless 'always on' mobility. They like the long term availability of over 10 years. So they like the range of benefits that we were never able to deliver in this specific PC-like ultra-low power configuration before. Consequently we expect customers will definitely like to adopt this new technology very quickly. But how quick is quick and what is the most efficient way?"
"The new ULP-COM specification includes an extremely flat MXM 3.0 connector, with a height of only 4.3 mm. With 314 available pins, it offers a multitude of IO functions for SoC and ARM performance class processors."
New platform spans solutions from single core to dual heterogeneous core with GPU.
"The devices in the Vybrid family span the entry-level product for customers who want to upgrade from the Kinetis MCU to an MPU with large on-chip SRAM to a highly integrated, heterogeneous dual-core MPU ideal for industrial markets. Each device in the Vybrid family offers a rich suite of reference designs, app notes, Board Support Packages (BSP) and middleware."
After few years on the market NXP has refreshed the LPC1300 MCU line with chips carrying more Flash,SRAM, EEPROM, 12-bit ADC and an I²C Fast-mode Plus (Fm+) interface. And for the first time a Cortex-M3 chip in a 64 pin LQFP64 package! Is this the end of life for probably the best ARM7TDMI line of MCUs i.e. LPC2138/LPC2148? Not likely, quick glance at the pining information reveals that it is close but not exactly. So DO NOT try to just swap the chips on the board as the smoke test is guaranteed to produce hot chips and a lot of smoke due to some swapped VSS and VDD pins. Must be a coincidence.
The new new chips are LPC1315, LPC1316, LPC1317, LPC1345, LPC1346 and LPC1347.
Press release - web page link
ARM architecture is not the only option in the 32-bit micro world. Renesas developed RX family has some very interesting features. For a good introduction to what was driving development of the RX family see Renesas web site link below.
"The high-performance RX CPU architecture" - web page link
"Fig. 2-2. Optimization of register number
・The use of general-purpose register offers better performance for both arithmetic and control operations
・With only 8 registers, the performance drops and code size increases due to frequent occurrence of save/restore processing in the register
・Hardware volume and specified bit number within the instruction code rises along with the increase of register number'
"A new quantum mechanical-based biosensor designed by a team at University of California, Santa Barbara offers tremendous potential for detecting biomolecules at ultra-low concentrations, from instant point-of-care disease diagnostics, to detection of trace substances for forensics and security."
"Biosensors based on conventional FETs have been gaining momentum as a viable technology for the medical, forensic, and security industries since they are cost-effective compared to optical detection procedures. Such biosensors allow for scalability and label-free detection of biomolecules – removing the step and expense of labeling target molecules with fluorescent dye.
The principle behind any FET-based biosensor is similar to the FETs used in digital circuit applications, except that the physical gate is removed and the work of the gate is carried out by charged versions of the biomolecules it intends to detect. For immobilizing these biomolecules, the dielectric surface enclosing the semiconductor is coated with specific receptors, which can bind to the target biomolecules – a process called conjugation."
Web page link
... and a bunch of other chips but no quad-core A6.
"Some crafty spudgering reveals the A5X processor in all its glory.
Like the A5, the A5X system features a 1 GHz dual-core CPU. The upgrade that earns it an 'X' is the new GPU, which Apple claims outperforms even Nvidia's Tegra 3 processor.
This particular chip was manufactured in the first week of 2012. Maybe our iPad marks the start of the end of the world."
You can find all the "gory" details of the iPad 3 4G Teardown here: