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Embedded programmable microprocessors are in consumer-electronics devices, kitchen appliances, automobiles, networking equipment, and industrial control systems in one form or another -- from 8-bit microcontrollers to 32-bit digital signal processors (DSPs) and 64-bit RISC chips.
Embedded systems are increasingly based on networks of distributed microprocessors that run many off-the-shelf OSes and communicate throug h wired and wireless buses, LANs, and WANs.
An embedded system is one that is preprogrammed to perform a dedicated or narrow range of functions as part of a larger system, usually with minimal end-user or operator intervention.
www.byte.com /art/9706/sec6/art2.htm   (2479 words)

  CNN.com - Technology - Embedded processors head for the desktop - October 10, 2000
Embedded processors are generally designed for a specific implementation, such as controlling an automobile's anti-lock brake system.
The embedded processor in the television itself is routinely expected to display graphics on the screen, support complex surround-sound audio schemes, and still bring 150 satellite channels to you with crystal clarity.
Embedded processor development usually requires the creation of an emulator in which the code is run, with output displayed in the development environment or on a logic probe.
archives.cnn.com /2000/TECH/computing/10/10/embedded.processors.idg   (871 words)

 Intel targets three processors for embedded market
Industry analysts said the processors' quick transformation to the embedded world is partially an acknowledgement of the importance of the embedded market by chip makers such as Intel, and partially a matter of pragmatism.
Gulliksen said the inherent partitioning in processors such as the Pentium M make them strong candidates for embedded applications because partitioning enables prescribed parts of the processors to be shut down when they are not needed, thus cutting power consumption.
Embedded customers, he said, need evaluation and support boards, OS environments that support the new architecture and advance word on what embedded processor Intel will support and for how long.
www.commsdesign.com /printableArticle?articleID=21401053   (519 words)

We might be safe by stating that an embedded processor controls something (for example controlling a device such as a microwave oven, car braking system, or a cruise missile).
Since including large amounts of RAM (megabytes) on a processor is not really practical (due to cost and available silicon real estate) and because many embedded controllers are real powerhouses requiring large amounts of RAM, the RAM is often external to the processor.
Embedded processors and microcontrollers are used extensively in robotics.
www.esacademy.com /automation/faq/primer/2.htm   (1121 words)

 TechOnLine - Embedded Processors 2000
Only a few years ago, embedded processors were a ho-hum mix of a few RISCs, some RISC cores, and a set of aging microcontrollers.
These processors may function as a co-processor or be integrated with a host CPU in an SOC.
Transistor counts for basic processors are now up to 4 to 7 M transistors to accommodate more on-chip caches and RAM, going out to 45 M transistors or more for high-end media processors.
www.techonline.com /community/related_content/8103   (3749 words)

 ITworld.com - Transmeta releases embedded Crusoe processors
The Crusoe SE processor regulates not only its clock speed but its power usage, independent of the operating system or application it is running, he said.
This regulation happens 200 times a second, and allows the processor to apply only the amount of power needed to handle the current application, so power is not wasted and heat is reduced, he said.
The new Crusoe SE processors are based on the x86 instruction set, also used by processors from rival chipmakers Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. Any applications for embedded systems developed on those processors will therefore run on the Crusoe chip.
www.itworld.com /Comp/2062/030106crusoe/pfindex.html   (525 words)

 Embedded Processor and System-on-Chip Quick Reference Guide
AMD Geode NX -- May 24, 2004 -- These new embedded processors are essentially identical to AMD's Mobile Athlon processors, including packaging, but with tweaks to process technology and transistor selections that result in lower power consumption at reduced clock rates.
Both are "100 percent socket and chipset compatible" with AMD's "Socket A" Athlon XP processors, according to an AMD spokesperson.
It is supported by an Eclipsed-based IDE, and targets traditional SOC embedded processor control tasks, as well as compute-intensive datapath hardware tasks.
linuxdevices.com /articles/AT4313418436.html   (6384 words)

 Intel® Embedded Architecture - Intel386™ Microprocessors
Embedded system designers have long understood the benefits of PC compatibility in their designs.
The embedded Intel386 processors are compatible with DOS and standard graphical windowing operating environments, as well as many popular embedded real-time operating systems.
Embedded systems developers can now take advantage of the tremendous number of tools developed for the PC industry.
support.intel.com /design/intarch/prodbref/27270903.htm   (1477 words)

 Embedded Processor and System-on-Chip Quick Reference Guide
The Geode NX 1500@6W processor operates at 1GHz and the Geode NX 1750@14W operates at 1.4GHz.
Both are "100 percent socket and chipset compatible" with AMD's "Socket A" Athlon XP processors, according to an AMD spokesperson.
It is supported by an Eclipsed-based IDE, and targets traditional SOC embedded processor control tasks, as well as compute-intensive datapath hardware tasks.
www.linuxdevices.com /articles/AT4313418436.html   (6363 words)

 ipedia.com: Central processing unit Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The above processor architectures could also be characterized by their CPU design like register size.
Today most desktop computers and laser printers have 32-bit processors; 64-bit processors are being phased in.
Embedded systems such as microwave ovens, calculators, computer keyboards, and infrared remote controls typically have 8-bit or 4-bit processors.
www.ipedia.com /central_processing_unit.html   (359 words)

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Processors for General Embedded This category includes all embedded processors that are not specialized to a specific domain of application.
The processors in the family are built around a 68000 core, but there are many variations, that provide: virtual memory/machine support statically selectable 8 or 16-bit data bus low power multi-issue The 68000 family is a 32-bit architecture, with 16 32-bit registers (address and data).
There is no “better” processor for the embedded domain, each application typically will choose an embedded processor that best provides what the application requires, at the lowest cost.
www.ics.uci.edu /~rgupta/ics212/w2002/W2KProjects/embeddedprocessors.doc   (1104 words)

 Crusoe Special Embedded (SE) processors - PCStats.com
Embedded system developers can now take advantage of almost 1GHz of x86-compatible performance, with an integrated Northbridge, in a small package that does not require a cooling fan.
Crusoe SE processors are designed and tested for long-term use in harsh environments, where a chip's temperature can reach as high as 100(degrees) C. Future versions of Crusoe SE processors will be available for extreme embedded applications that require even wider temperature ranges.
Embedded system developers face challenging business and technical requirements, as product operation and reliability specifications are complex and life cycles can last for many years.
www.pcstats.com /articleview.cfm?articleID=1315   (2853 words)

 ExtremeTech: Embedded Processors, Part Three   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Another thing that sets embedded processors apart from their PC and workstation cousins is their lower power consumption.
On average, embedded processors consume far less electricity than a PC processor, and that's not necessarily because they're slower or simpler chips.
Contrary to popular opinion, embedded processors are not built on yesterday's cast-off 3.0-micron process by old ladies in hairnets with X-Acto knives.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_zdext/is_200201/ai_ziff21424   (1343 words)

 Embedded Processors for Multimedia and Communications - Conferences - Electronic Imaging 2004 - Call for Papers - ...
Progress in electronics and increasing consumer demand have brought in interesting possibilities for embedded processors in a variety of platforms.
Highly integrated mobile devices with multi-media capabilities to powerful set-top boxes are prime examples of such embedded processor applications.
These embedded processors depending on the market need cover a space from highly tailored, low cost solutions to flexible, powerful multi-chip solutions.
electronicimaging.org /call/04/submitAbstract/index.cfm?fuseaction=EI27   (235 words)

 Electronic News: Intel's Embedded Processors Push : Plan to have Pentiums in everything from industrial control to STBs ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Along with traditional embedded applications, Intel said it would also be looking to integrate its processors into mobile and handheld communications and consumer products like cellular phones, PDAs, and many other potential devices.
Intel said it will not support every Pentium design on the embedded side but it will use most of the processors because of the already huge installed base of processors and the software that has been developed to work around those processors.
Smith noted that if the technology roadmap for embedded processors does not keep up with the Pentium processors on the PC side, PCs would be brought in to replace those embedded systems.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m0EKF/is_40_45/ai_56028877   (530 words)

 Transmeta shrinks its embedded Crusoe processors
The TM5700 and TM5900 processors will initially be offered at speeds up to 1 GHz and in packages as small as 21 x 21 mm -- half that of the existing Crusoe TM5800 embedded processor.
According to Transmeta, the processors in its Crusoe TM5xx product line feature low-power and high-performance characteristics and are based on a 128-bit VLIW (very long instruction word) engine, which issues up to 4 instructions per clock cycle.
The new processors also include integer and floating-point execution units, separate 64 Kbyte instruction and data caches, L2 write-back cache, a 64-bit DDR SDRAM memory controller, and a 32-bit PCI controller.
windowsfordevices.com /news/NS8956281430.html   (401 words)

 Embedded.com - Comparing embedded processors
AMD's quad-core Opteron processors, code-named Barcelona, are planned for shipment in both standard and low-power versions at launch later this summer, marking the first time the chip maker has made both standard and low-power parts immediately available as part of a new processor launch.
For this analysis, we chose seven general-purpose processors with clock speeds between 400 and 600MHz.
This data, taken from our new report "A Guide to High-Speed Embedded Processors," shows that integrated processors are becoming popular not just because they reduce board area but because they deliver real savings in system cost and power.
www.embedded.com /showArticle.jhtml?articleID=57700505   (843 words)

 Product Information
AMD introduces the AMD Sempron™ Processor Model 2100+ enabling fanless designs for embedded systems and offering AMD64 technology features in a 9W TDP processor.
AMD is also offering another new choice for embedded systems with the introduction of the AMD Geode™ LX 800 @ 0.9W processor, now supporting extended temperature applications.
Both are part of AMD’s ongoing commitment to providing the embedded market with cutting edge features, a balanced approach to overall system design and a combination of high performance and low power.
www.amd.com /us-en/ConnectivitySolutions/ProductInformation/0,,50_2330,00.html   (716 words)

 Searchalot Directory for Top/Computers/Hardware/Embedded
Provides embedded ethernet controllers, embedded internet, IEEE 1451.2, thin web servers, and time synchronization for smart sensors in distributed measurement and control system architectures.
Focusing on X86 type architectures for its embedded design requirements in a broad range of data acquisition and device control and monitoring applications.
Independent producer of high-performance embedded, real-time digital signal and image processing computer systems that transform sensor data to information for analysis and interpretation.
www.searchalot.com /Top/Computers/Hardware/Embedded   (2955 words)

 AMD stirs Athlon technology into Geode embedded soup
The two new embedded processors are essentially identical to AMD's Mobile Athlon processors, including packaging, but with tweaks to process technology and transistor selections that result in lower power consumption at reduced clock rates.
Both new Geode NX processors are "100 percent socket and chipset compatible" with AMD's "Socket A" Athlon XP processors, according to an AMD spokesperson.
In conjunction with the addition of the two respun Athlon processors to its Geode embedded processor family, AMD is renaming the previously introduced Geode processors that are derived from its recent acquisition of National Semiconductor's Geode processor assets.
deviceforge.com /news/NS5503728450.html   (852 words)

 CD Laboratory
The use of embedded processors saw an exponential increase in the last years.
The aim of the CD laboratory Compilation Techniques for Embedded Processors is to develop the necessary compilation and decompilation techniques to make the production of highly optimizing compilers and decompilers for embedded processors feasible.
These techniques should exploit the specific features of embedded processors and cover the wide range of optimizations like energy reducing optimizations, instruction scheduling, register allocation, software pipelining, program analysis, addressing mode optimizations, memory access optimizations, debugging of optimized code, binary translation and many more.
www.complang.tuwien.ac.at /cd   (147 words)

 Intel adds three processors to embedded lineup
According to Intel, the new processors are among the highest-performing processors available for embedded applications, and feature Intel's SpeedStep technology which enables significant power savings by intelligently managing voltage and frequency changes.
To be released by Intel for the embedded market, all the processors had to go through additional validation tests, according to the spokesperson.
In particular, the PXA270 is the first embedded communications processor to integrate Intel's "Wireless MMX" technology, which enhances performance for 3-D games and advanced video while improving battery-life, according to Intel.
www.linuxdevices.com /news/NS3680250305.html   (607 words)

 Intel® Processors
Our desktop processors deliver superb computing power, performance, and reliability at home and at work.
Our embedded processors combine outstanding performance with scalable, power-efficient processing for a wide range of embedded applications.
Our industry-leading networking and communications processors use the latest technologies to achieve high levels of computing performance.
www.intel.com /products/processor/index.htm   (110 words)

 tagoror dmoz web directory : Computers : Hardware : Embedded   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Provider of processor and multiprocessor boards, framegrabbers, I/O boards, daughter cards, system software including comprehensive application libraries, and complete integrated application development platforms.
Connect embedded microcontrollers and microprocessors to 10baseT Ethernet using this small board.
Sells embedded products featuring wide connectivity opportunities and acting as a center of communication and management for different appliances.
www.tagoror.co.uk /index.php/Computers/Hardware/Embedded   (2309 words)

 ANSI C compilers for Embedded Chipsets & Processors   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
On top of this you get access to facilities like floating point arithmetic that are just not available in assembler or subset C compilers, allowing you to add features to your product that previously were considered "too hard".
HI-TECH C is not just an embedded C compiler; it is a complete development system for C and assembler code for embedded processor development.
I/O ports are directly addressable as C variables, even on processors with a separate I/O address space.
www.htsoft.com /products/embeddedccompiler.php   (563 words)

 Amazon.ca: Books: Code Optimization Techniques for Embedded Processors   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Many existing compilers for DSPs and multimedia processors therefore produce code of insufficient quality with respect to performance and/or code size, and a large part of software for embedded systems is still being developed in assembly languages.
As both embedded software as well as processors architectures are getting more and more complex, assembly programming clearly violates the demands for a short time-to-market and high dependability in embedded system design.
Code Optimization Techniques for Embedded Processors is intended for researchers and engineers active in software development for embedded systems, and for compiler developers in academia and industry.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/0792379896   (555 words)

 Xecon Embedded Processors   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Today the norm is to use firmware controlled (embedded) microprocessors in place of random logic whenever possible.
We have incorporated embedded processors into avionic fire-control systems, industrial controllers, spacecraft payload management hardware, scientific devices, and sophisticated communications processors.
This device is intended to be used at the Hobbs Observatory in conjuction with the SkySearch Project.
discover-net.net /~xecon/embedpro.htm   (471 words)

 Embedded Processors for Multimedia and Communications II - Conferences - Electronic Imaging 2005 - Call for Papers - ...
Embedded Processors for Multimedia and Communications II - Conferences - Electronic Imaging 2005 - Call for Papers - ISandT and SPIE
These embedded processors depending on the market cover a space from highly tailored, low cost solutions to flexible, powerful multi-chip solutions.
We solicit papers for this conference that span design, analysis, programming, system architecture, and application aspects of such embedded processors.
electronicimaging.org /call/05/conferences/index.cfm?fuseaction=EI122   (240 words)

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