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MCUs, Processors & SoCs

Looking at 4-, 8-, 16-, 32-, 64-bit and multicore devices and the systems on a chip that complement them.

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The basics of application development on an MSP430 16-bit MCU - Part 2

This is the second of a two-part series on application development on the MSP430 16- bit MCU. Read More

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The basics of application development on a MSP430 16-bit MCU - Part 1

Part 1 in a series on application development on the Texas Instruments MSP430 16-bit MCU using IAR’s free Embedded Workbench Kickstart Integrated Read More

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IoT and wearable devices mean rethinking memory design

NOR flash will make possible a new generation of wearable and Internet of Things devices if embedded developers are willing to rethink their basic Read More

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Using a programmable system-on-chip for fan control

A tutorial on everything a developer will need – from basic PID algorithms to physical component placement - to implement the electronics for 3- Read More

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Targeting SoC address decoder faults using functional patterns

A novel way to find and eliminate address decoder faults, often difficult to detect in complex system on chip designs, using a unique algorithm that Read More

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Improve FPGA communications interface clock jitters with external PLLs

The problems faced in dealing with clock jitter in FPGA-based high-speed communications interfaces such as SerDes and how external phase locked loops Read More

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Reducing Processing Latency with a Heterogeneous FPGA-Processor Framework

A software framework for developing heterogeneous multicore designs based on ARM and the Xilinx Zynq FPGA system-on-chip Read More

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Bug hunting SoC designs to achieve full functional coverage closure

How to use constrained random verification to create scenarios to uncover bugs that are difficult to find using traditional directed verification Read More

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Using multi-bit flip-flop custom cells to achieve better SoC design efficiency

The increasing complexity of present day SoCs and increasing packing densities require the design of complex cells with more optimized trade-offs Read More

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Porting designs to the 32-Bit world without adding cost

Mark Ainsworth and Ranith M of Cypress Semiconductor provide guidelines on porting applications from an 8- or 16-bit CPU to a 32-bit CPU. Read More

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The basics of using MCAPI in multicore-based designs

The basics of the Multicore Association’s MCAPI standardized application program interface for communication and synchronization and how to use it Read More

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SoC tool flow techniques for detecting reset domain crossing problems

Some techniques for making SoC tools and design flows robust and intelligent enough to discriminate between false and true violations in situations Read More

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Extending RTOS Functionalities for Embedded Heterogeneous Multi-Core Systems

An extensible RTOS architecture for embedded heterogeneous muti-core processors that splits the RTOS kernel, which runs on a less powerful core Read More

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Isolating SPI in high bandwidth sensor applications

Mark Cantrell and Bikiran Goswami look at the Serial Peripheral Interface Bus (SPI), its constraints, and how to deal with those constraints in Read More

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High Level Programming for Heterogeneous Architectures

Evaluating AMD's APARAPI Java-based heterogeneous multicore programming environment uses some real world algorithms. Read More

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Initial explorations of ARM processors for scientific computing

An evaluation of the use of a heterogeneous quad-core Cortex A9 ARMv7 processor based design as an alternative to the X86 architecture, in high Read More

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Ensuring Reliability of FinFET-Based Designs

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The growing demand for ultra-low power ICs in... Read More

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