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Next Generation xCORE

Posted: 23 March 2015
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xCORE-200

As you may have read, after several months of hard work, we are pleased to announce the arrival of a new member to the XMOS xCORE family; xCORE-200.

Delivering up to twice the performance and four times the on-chip SRAM memory compared to our first generation xCORE multicore microcontrollers the xCORE-200 also adds a Gigabit Ethernet port, high performance and programmable XMOS USB 2.0 interface and up to 2Mb’s of on-chip Flash memory.

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Eurohaptics shows the advantages of touch

Posted: 01 December 2014
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The annual Eurohaptics conference earlier this year in Versailles saw experts from around the world gather to discuss their research in this field; 2014 marked the ninth occasion this conference has run.

There was a wide spectrum of interest ranging from academic research into human perception, to industrial applications of haptic devices that will ultimately enhance our world.

Daimler Benz, in association with Continental, was showing the haptic interface that is central to the new Mercedes C class.

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Multicore programming: XMOS shows how at electronica '14

Posted: 26 November 2014
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This was my first time at electronica... it is a large show, to say the least! That said, once you’re in the right area, there are many relevant stands conveniently placed close by. That area for me, and the rest of the XMOS team, was on our distributor’s stands Macnica and Topas. Some of the notable discussions we had related to AVB and its adoption in automotive networks. This was a common theme with many other stands presenting information on Automotive Networking. In addition to the automotive applications, I also found out about a really interesting AVB application, implemented using XMOS, involving a network with hundreds of endpoints. Watch this space for more details!

On the Thursday of the show, Elektor Magazine had invited us to present a couple of workshops on multicore

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How to optimize start-up time for automotive AVB

Posted: 10 November 2014
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XMOS recently attended the 2014 IEEE-SA Ethernet & IP @ Automotive Technology Day in Detroit. The event is in its fourth annual edition and was held for the first time in the US, after previous events were held in Germany. It was also the first time the event was organized through the IEEE Standards Association, a sign of the growing applicability and maturity of Ethernet as a technology in the automotive industry.

The theme of the event was “Moving towards a mature and pervasive automotive network: from infotainment to autonomous driving, how Ethernet is uniquely qualified to transform the vehicle”.  The two-day conference program showcased a number of themes, including the status of IEEE standardization efforts and physical layer developments that will enable an automotive Gigabit Ethernet network. New applications and use cases of the technology, security aspects, and testing methods and tools were also presented.

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Robot World 2014 - Delivering Service Robotics

Posted: 28 October 2014
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With the increasing level of intelligence and motion control being achieved in modern robotics, as well as the steady expansion of the industry into many more consumer markets, it s was not surprising to see that this year’s Robot World event in South Korea was incredibly well attended.

We enjoyed a great deal of interest in our joint venture with Synapticon; the XMOS Motor and Motion Control development kit. Along with this, we were also able to demonstrate a couple of the many successful commercial robotics applications using our technology, such as the Robugtix Spider and the Synapticon SOMANET powered Yujin GoCart.

The Yujin GoCart is a fantastic piece of technology. One of the first service robots onto the market to use the game-changing SLAM (Simultaneous Location And Mapping) technology, which enables it to always know exactly where it is, where it’s been, where it needs to go, but most importantly, how to get there. It can intelligently decide this in real-time whilst avoiding permanent or temporary obstacles!

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Touching on the world of haptics technology

Posted: 16 October 2014
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Haptics has been defined in academia as “the science of applying touch (tactile) sensation and control to interaction with computer applications”. By using input/output devices users can receive feedback from computer applications in the form of ‘felt’ sensations. The potential uses for haptics technology are almost infinite and blogs such as: Haptic Antics and Haptic Feedback are great places to do some further reading.

In this blog post I’ll be explaining some of the specialist language used in the haptics domain and providing an overview of the technologies involved. I’ll be following this up with a series of posts looking at how haptics technology can be applied to markets such as the automotive, consumer electronics and home appliances industries.

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Launch of xCORE-XA development platform at ARM TechCon

Posted: 08 October 2014
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This year at ARM TechCon we launched the xCORE-XA development platform. For sometime now we have been sampling silicon but customers wanted a development platform to evaluate the silicon and we provided this with built in hardware debuggers and all the I/O brought out to pins. People liked the integrated ARM and xCORE debuggers, and the tools suite that presents code entry and breakpoints for each processor technology side by side.

Feedback was good on our demo Industrial networking board. Customers could see how the xCORE processors and I/O met the timing requirements of time sensitive networking whilst the ARM Cortex-M3 was well suited to the higher layer fieldbus stacks with code re-use and extra memory.

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The XCore Exchange Community at Wuthering Bytes

Posted: 12 September 2014
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I had the chance of speaking at Wuthering Bytes / OSHCAMP this year along with the pleasure of running workshops on the Sunday. I chose to talk about concurrency in the embedded world and focused on what I termed "the concurrency grey scale". This grey scale has simple low cost microcontrollers at the lower end and highly parallel FPGAs at the other.
My talk centered around the concept of adding concurrency beyond the common sequential tick & interrupt driven design.

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Meet the multicore robots

Posted: 03 September 2014
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Predictions from the likes of Raymond Kurzweil, Google artificial intelligence expert and futurologist, have stated that robots will be able to think like humans by the late 2020s. As we move towards a world where embedded intelligence is a far more realistic prospect, it’s great to see real examples of engineers increasing the autonomy levels of robots. One of the projects that caught our eye is a robot that perhaps can’t think for itself but is capable of one quite ‘human’ process – climbing stairs.

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