New Processor Promises It All

Soft Machines’ VISC Processor Takes an Unorthodox Approach

by Jim Turley

Excuse me while I juggle these flaming chainsaws. While riding a unicycle on a tightrope crossing over Niagara Falls. Blindfolded. Challenging enough for ya?

That’s essentially what a new company called Soft Machines is attempting. It’s a new firm with an entirely new microprocessor design that is taking on the two toughest challenges in the business: how to increase performance while reducing power, and how to run programs written for other processors. Oh, and they’re competing with ARM for embedded RISC processor cores. And then they’ll be taking on Intel and AMD with x86 processors. Challenging enough for ya?

It’s not every day you get to see a brand new microprocessor company. What do you think this is – 1998? Yet Soft Machines thinks it’s cracked the secret code to making embedded processors that are both fast and small, quick yet power-efficient, new yet totally compatible with existing binary code.  Read More


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Spaghetti versus ISO 26262

Posted on 11/25/14 at 9:25 AM by Dick Selwood

Dick Selwood
Are you working in automotive? Are you working to ISO 26262? Is there anything you would like to share?

Finding the Right Prototype

Posted on 11/24/14 at 9:38 AM by bmoyer

bmoyer
What do you think about these virtual system prototypes and how to find them?

A Sale of Thirty-Two Bitties

Posted on 11/24/14 at 9:34 AM by Jim Turley

Jim Turley
How about a series of low-end x86 chips for embedded systems? Would that fly?

Back in Ye Olden Tymes, AMD and Intel used to make a bunch of embedded x86 processors, but they both canceled them after a few years. That kind of burned a lot of embedded d…

A Sale of Thirty-Two Bitties

Posted on 11/19/14 at 3:08 PM by WEATHERBEE

My suggestion: Dump the uncompetitive x86 and commodity ARM plans and focus on GPGPU and high-performance computing.

A Sale of Thirty-Two Bitties

Posted on 11/19/14 at 2:09 PM by TotallyLost

TotallyLost
I've done a couple server designs around Intel Xeon products, and while general documentation is easy to access with NDA, unless there are serious sales numbers behind the design, it's difficult to get additional support or docs.

AMD has been even a bi…

Build Your Own RTOS in 30 Minutes

Posted on 11/19/14 at 12:41 PM by ericverhulst

Just from SynthOS website:
- "Interrupts are supported. System used forced cooperation for multitasking rather than pre-emption."
Then look at the figures for interrupt latency, context switch time, etc.
=> pretty slow compared to any other embedded RT…

Managing Encryption

Posted on 11/17/14 at 10:33 AM by bmoyer

bmoyer
Does HCC Embedded's way of managing encryption strike the right balance between centralization and flexibility?

Build Your Own RTOS in 30 Minutes

Posted on 11/17/14 at 6:35 AM by Rutan65

Well, I don't consider Linux a real real-time OS. Does SynthOS generate a pre-emptive OS?
What about interrupt latency in terms of something like "number of instructions"?
Task switching time is also an important parameter. Can you supply some numbers o…

EUV’s Second Source

Posted on 11/10/14 at 10:25 AM by bmoyer

bmoyer
What do you think about Adlyte's actinic inspection readiness? Are we good to go?

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