eSOL has completed prototype development of a real-time OS (RTOS) for many-core processors, tentatively called Many-Core real-time OS (MCOS). According to eSOL, MCOS will be the world’s first commercial RTOS for embedded many-core processors. eSOL’s MCOS is currently in use on the Renesas Electronics RH850-based MPU implemented on FPGAs with 16 hardware threads in four CPU cores (the virtual equivalent of 16 CPUs).
Renesas Electronics revealed details of their next-generation microcontrollers and microprocessors. Renesas plans to use 40nm MONOS (metal oxide nitride oxide silicon) embedded flash technology with the RX family of general-purpose 32-bit MCUs. Renesas will also expand their RX Family to include the lowest power, lowest cost 32-bit MCU for the embedded market.
Texas Instruments announced the universal asynchronous receiver/transmitters (UART) and controller area network lite (CAN-lite) programmable real-time unit (PRU) daughter cards and software. The UART PRU and CAN-lite PRU daughter cards can be used in evaluation with the AM1x Sitara ARM MPUs or as a standalone reference design. The daughter cards snap into the PRU peripheral connection on the AM1x Sitara ARM MPUs evaluation modules. The TI UART daughter card ($72) and the CAN daughter card ($77) are both available now. The production-quality software code for the daughter cards can be downloaded for free.
Texas Instruments (TI) launched their AM1810 Sitara ARM microprocessor (MPU). The AM1810 single-chip solution features the ARM926EJ-S 32-bit RISC processor core and an integrated PROFIBUS interface. The TI device eliminates the need for an external PROFIBUS, ASIC or FPGA, which saves development time and cost while improving system performance. The AM1810 Sitara ARM MPU with PROFIBUS is available for sampling and priced at USD $9.95 in 1,000 unit quantities (1ku). The AM1810 Sitara ARM MPU is ideal for industrial applications — such as a programmable logic controller (PLC) or human machine interface (HMI).
Texas Instruments (TI) introduced the AM389x Sitara ARM microprocessors (MPUs). The AM389x Sitara ARM MPU is ideal for single-board computers, gateways, routers, servers, industrial automation, human machine interfaces (HMIs) and point-of-service data terminals. The two new devices in the AM389x Sitara ARM MPU family are the AM3892 and the AM3894. Both chips feature PCIExpress Gen2, SATA 2.0, dual Gigabit Ethernet and dual DDR2/DDR3 interfaces. Pricing for the XAM3894CYG Sitara ARM MPU starts at $43.10 in 1,000 unit quantities (1 ku).
Mistral introduced UART and CAN daughter cards for Texas Instruments (TI) evaluation modules (EVMs) based on TI’s Sitara AM1x microprocessors (MPUs) and OMAP-L1x application processors for embedded industrial, medical and consumer designs. The UART daughter card has interfaces for soft UART, hard UART, and soft DIR. The CAN daughter card features soft CAN and hard CAN bus interfaces. The Mistral plug-in daughter cards help developers leverage the benefits of the PRU features on the AM1x and OMAP-L1x processors.
Texas Instruments rolled out Microsoft Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 board support packages (BSPs) for OMAP-L1x floating-point DSP+ARM9 processors, Sitara AM1x ARM9 microprocessor units (MPUs) and associated evaluation modules (EVMs). The new BSPs enable developers to easily and quickly interface devices to Embedded CE. The BSPs include drivers and source code. Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 BSPs for OMAP-L1x and AM1x devices can be downloaded now for free.
The 1GHz pocket-size BeagleBoard-xM embedded community development board is based on the Texas Instruments (TI) Sitara AM37x MPU. The board features an on-board USB hub, Ethernet, and 512MB of memory. The BeagleBoard-xM enables engineers to run multiple applications on a fully loaded open platform, including the smooth operation of open source office applications such as OpenOffice.org and Firefox. Developers can also perform native development of various operating systems, such as Ubuntu. The BeagleBoard-xM (Digi-Key part number 296-25798-ND) is priced at $179.
Texas Instruments (TI) introduced the Sitara AM3715 and AM3703 microprocessor units (MPUs) with 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8. Both the AM3715 and AM3703 offer a nearly 40% increase in ARM performance. developers can increase application battery life with up to 30% decrease in power consumption compared to previous MPUs in the Sitara family. The AM3715 and AM3703 MPUs are available for sampling and priced at USD $26 for the AM3715 and $22.50 for the AM3703 in 1,000 unit quantities (1ku).
Texas Instruments (TI) introduced the AM1808, AM1806, AM1707, and AM1705 Sitara ARM9 microprocessors (MPUs). TI’s AM1808, AM1806, AM1707, and AM1705 MPUs integrate interfaces such as a serial ATA (SATA), universal parallel port (uPP) and TI’s Programmable Real-time Unit (PRU). The PRU offers flexible and configurable I/O control enabling developers to extend peripheral capabilities and add custom interfaces to their designs. The AM1x MPUs are sampling today with prices starting at USD $6.55 in quantities of 1,000 units.