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XMOS announces xCORE-Analog sliceKIT

xCORE-Analog The xCORE-Analog series of multicore microcontrollers is now available in production volumes, and is supported by its own xCORE-Analog sliceKIT. The The kit consists of a core board, (featuring the 16-core XS1-A16-FB217-C10 xCORE-Analog multicore microcontroller), an Ethernet sliceCARD, a Mixed Signal sliceCARD, a debug adapter, power supply and all required cabling.

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AVnu Alliance announces first certified audio endpoint reference platform

XMOS AVB Audio Endpoint Receives AVnu Certification

Beaverton, OR & Bristol, UK – December 9, 2014 – XMOS and AVnu Alliance®, the industry consortium driving open standards-based deterministic networking through certification, is proud to announce the first AVnu-certified Audio Video Bridging (AVB) audio endpoint reference platform. The XMOS software-defined solution has passed all testing for certification and will now bear the AVnu-certified Logo.

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New development system includes real-time hardware debug, industrial Ethernet and Fieldbus capabilities

Based on xCORE-XA™ architecture, combining ARM® Cortex®-M3 processor and configurable xCORE™ multicore microcontroller

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XMOS powers AVB and USB in Revolabs Executive Elite

Revolabs and XMOS deliver high microphone density, convenient ease-of-setup, and future-proofed interoperability through the use of Audio-Video-Bridging

Bristol, UK, 1 September 2014 XMOS and Revolabs® today announce that the Executive Elite, Revolabs four- and eight-channel wireless microphone systems, feature industry-leading Audio Video Bridging (AVB) functionality powered by the xCORE multicore microcontroller from XMOS.

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XMOS adds Bosch, Huawei and Xilinx as strategic investors to complete $26M investment round

Bristol, 21 July 2014 – XMOS Ltd. the fabless semiconductor company and leader in intelligent multicore microcontrollers, has today announced the completion of a $26.2m Series-D investment round, adding Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH of Germany, Huawei Technologies, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider and Xilinx Inc. from the USA as strategic investors in the company, alongside existing financial investors that include: Amadeus Capital Partners, DFJ Esprit, and Foundation Capital. continue reading »

Mission Engineering Announces Availability of Mission Gemini™ 1 USB Enabled Amplified Guitar Cabinets

3 July 2014 - Mission Engineering Inc, manufacturer of innovative electronic products for musicians, today announced the availability of the first in a range of ground breaking amplified guitar cabinets designed for optimal performance with today’s digital modeling processors.

Gemini with Mission EmPower Technology is the missing link in the world of digital modeling processors and software based guitar systems. Gemini combines state of the art digital amplification and interfaces that connect to almost any device, with beautiful handcrafted wood cabinets that provide the look and feel of boutique tube amps.

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XMOS fuels the move to high-fidelity audio

Reference platform simplifies design of next-generation professional and audiophile products

Bristol, 17 June 2014 – XMOS today announces its Multi-Function Audio (MFA) platform, enabling designers to address the growing demand from consumers and the music industry for higher audio quality from their professional and audiophile products.  A fully featured reference design that provides the core USB audio capabilities required in next-generation audio products, the MFA platform leverages XMOS technology already in use by customers such as Meridian, OPPO, Sennheiser and Sony.

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XMOS and Synapticon partner on robotics

Technology leaders collaborate to support robotics, autonomous vehicles and next generation factory automation

Bristol and Munich, 4 June 2014 - XMOS and Synapticon today announced a partnership that will dramatically accelerate the uptake of next-generation motion control technologies in the fast growing areas of robotics, smart factories and autonomous vehicles. The two companies are working together to support emerging trends such as Industry 4.0 in the $170bn factory automation market as well as the fast growing service robotics market.

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Motion control kits support advanced robotics applications

First product includes 120W BLDC motor driver, EtherCAT communications

Bristol and Munich, 4 June 2014 - XMOS and Synapticon today announce a new range of development kits that allows embedded designers to quickly and easily create a wide variety of innovative motor control and motion control applications. The kits allow developers to address new opportunities in rapidly growing sectors such as consumer and professional robotics, transportation, and the $170bn factory automation market, enabling emerging trends such as Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing.

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Oppo Digital selects XMOS for its award-winning audiophile products


Bristol, 14 April 2014 – XMOS today announces that its xCORE high-definition USB audio solutions are in use in a range of award-winning audio-visual products from OPPO Digital.

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XMOS partners with UKESF to attract young talent to electronics

Award winning Bristol based chip firm to support undergraduate scholarship programme and Go4SET schools challenge

Bristol, 18 March 2014 - XMOS, the fast growing multicore microcontroller company from Bristol is backing the UKESF programme to help attract the best young talent to the electronics industry and reverse a 26% decline, (since 2002), in British university applications for electronics degrees that threatens the £78-billion UK industry.

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XMOS targets $8bn automotive microcontroller market

New range of AEC-Q100 qualified products addresses automotive needs

Nuremberg, 25 February 2014 - XMOS today announces a major expansion into automotive markets, with the announcement of a range of xCORE multicore microcontrollers that are qualified to AEC-Q100 standards.

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XMOS launches xCORE-Analog development kit

xCORE-Analog combines analog and digital interfacing, communications and deterministic control, along with low power and high signal integrity

Perfect for industrial applications such as condition monitoring: xCORE-Analog devices now in volume production

XMOS on-hand to discuss newest development on stand 4A-428 at Embedded World, Nuremburg, 25-27 Feb 2014

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XMOS appoints Simon Knowles as Chief Technology Officer

XMOS adds world-renowned microprocessor designer to executive team

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XMOS creates the next wave in programmable system-on-chip products

xCORE-XA™ architecture adds ARM® Cortex®-M3 processor to configurable xCORE™ multicore microcontroller creating low cost, low energy, programmable SoC solution

Bristol, 24 October 2013 - XMOS today announced xCORE-XA™, a range of eXtended Architecture xCORE devices that combine the company’s configurable multicore microcontroller technology with an ultra-low-power ARM Cortex-M3 processor, to create the next wave in programmable system-on-chip (SoC) products.

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XMOS helps Sony to sound better

Sony chooses xCORE multicore microcontroller for audiophile portable headphone amp

Bristol, 7 October 2013 - XMOS today announces that its xCORE-USB multicore microcontrollers have been selected by Sony Corporation for its new PHA-2 portable headphone amplifier.

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Next-generation xTIMEcomposer Studio makes developing multicore code easy

Free, professional tools make it easy to develop embedded systems using xCORE multicore technology, provides unique support for determinism and real-time applications

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XMOS powers beyerdynamic’s Ethernet-AVB-enabled conferencing products

XMOS wins ongoing business from leading German audio brand beyerdynamic, produces unique, high-quality audio solution

Bristol, 15 May 2013 - XMOS today announces that its XS1-L16A-128 product has been selected for use in beyerdynamic’s newest line of high-quality audio-equipment. Along with beyerdynamic’s innovative product design XMOS’ low-latency, deterministic, multicore microcontroller was the key driving force behind the world’s first Ethernet-AVB-enabled wireless conference-audio system.

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Synapticon selects XMOS technology to enable real-time robotics

xCORE multicore microcontrollers cut costs, save component-space, and offer leading deterministic functionality for cyber-physical systems

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New flexible XMOS Fieldbus solutions bring multicore to industrial markets

xCORE multicore microcontrollers combine deterministic communications and precise control for industrial applications with new Fieldbus xSOFTip and sliceCARD

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XMOS extends xCORE multicore microcontroller family, doubles real-time performance of USB-equipped variants

10-, 12- and 16-core versions of multicore microcontrollers with Hardware-Response™ create flexible range of USB 2.0 focused devices

Bristol, 11 December 2012 – XMOS today announced a significant extension to its family of xCORE multicore microcontrollers, with the launch of three new USB-equipped products that address the processing and interfacing needs of a broad range of embedded applications. The new products are the U10-128; U12-128; and the U16-128, which provide 10, 12 and 16 logical cores respectively and deliver up to 1000 MIPS of deterministic parallel compute, along with 128K Bytes of on-chip RAM.

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Eurohaptics shows the advantages of touch

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

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!

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How to optimize start-up time for automotive AVB

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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Touching on the world of haptics technology

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

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

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

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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Young Engineer XMOS Prize Winner 2014

Following the close of the academic year at Bristol University’s Computer Science faculty – and as we now look forward to new one – it is time to announce and congratulate the winner of the XMOS Prize 2014.

Rewarding the most promising minds each year since 2008, this annual award goes to the top-performing Computer Science Graduate from the four-year degree course. On behalf of the team here at XMOS, I would like to congratulate recent graduate Gianluca Di Maggio as the recipient of the 2014 prize.

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XMOS hits the road in China

The XMOS team in China are just taking a breath after three busy days at the Shenzhen IPC & Embedded Expo. With one day left to go before the roadshow event rolls on to Beijing, the XMOS stand has been a hub of activity with demonstrations taking place of our Motor and Motion Control solution, AVB, and various USB Audio applications. 

We are also providing a demonstration of Sony’s PHA-2 Headphone Amplifier, utilizing XMOS xCORE technology. And you'll be able to see startKIT, the low-cost development kit that makes multicore technology accessible to any embedded developer.

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Motion control: from toys to advanced robotics

We recently announced a new family of Motor & Motion control development kits in partnership with Synapticon, and I thought that it would be a good opportunity to consider how these kits will help customers across all segments of the market.

First let’s take a brief tour of the wider Motion Control market and applications.

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Join the growing XCore Exchange Community

XMOS has, since its inception, enjoyed engaging with its following of engineers and developers on a one-to-one level via the XCore Exchange Community.

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Exciting Times! - Synapticon and XMOS

XMOS and Synapticon have been working together now for almost three years. During that time, I’ve been impressed with the level of innovation that Synapticon have brought to the field of cyber-physical systems – advanced motion control combined with a revolutionary way of composing designs virtually using the OBLAC system. At the same time, they’ve used the capabilities of the xCORE architecture to deliver class-leading performance and reduce both the cost and time-to-market for these systems. So naturally, when we began to discuss deepening our collaboration, I was very excited at the prospect of helping to bring these two innovative companies together.

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Childhood dreams not far from reality. What I learnt at FWS

Last month I attended the Future World Symposium. This event is a two-day foray into the near future, looking at products and projects that we may soon be interacting with on a daily basis, and covering such topics as the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine intelligence.

Here in the UK there has been a great deal of interest in the IoT, but my main takeaway from the FWS event was not the expected proliferation of connected devices throughout the world, which although impressive (50bn expected by the year 2020), will be largely just a data and efficiency boon for various industries and yield little to the consumer.

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Using the xCORE Analog sliceKIT to power a real time 6DoF platform

In April we ran a competition for members of our XCore Community – with the prize being a full xCORE Analog sliceKIT. We asked entrants to share a 10-word project idea, for which xCORE technology may be of value.

Having announced the competition winner, Thanos Kontogiannis, we caught up with him to talk about his 6DOF motion platform and find out how he plans to use xCORE technology to add another dimension.

Q: What is the 6DOF motion platform and how long have you been working on it?

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Exploring the possibilities of the xCORE startKIT

Towards the end of last year we gave away several thousand of our startKIT development kits to designers who had expressed interest in exploring the potential of XMOS technology.

We’ve seen a wealth of interesting write-ups and projects from the community. Here are a couple that stood out for us: Mark Graybill posted one of the first ‘how to’ guides following the giveaway, (‘Parallel Processes on the XMOS startKIT’), on his ‘infinite improbability’ blog. Mark grapples enthusiastically with the possibilities of startKIT, including posting code for his ‘LED blinker’ for others to use. As an early adopter Mark was also really helpful in spotting some inconsistencies in the startKIT documentation: all useful stuff!

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Machine learning: “biggest thing since the invention of the digital computer”

XMOS at Future World Symposium – 29-30th April 2014, Twickenham Stadium

XMOS recently attended the Future World Symposium (FWS) held at Twickenham Stadium in the UK. This two-day event, hosted by the UK’s National Microelectronics Institute (NMI) and held every two years, was attended by some 190+ delegates and brought together some of the leading names and voices in the world of electronic embedded systems and software.
This year’s theme was about discussing and trying to understand what the Internet of Things (IoT) really means for our future world in terms of connectivity, content, capability and security. Imagine today’s 7Bn connected devices growing to over 50Bn by 2020 and what this could mean for our future. As a result the event attracted some excellent speakers from, amongst others, ARM, Cisco, Spotify, Intel, Freescale, NEC and of course XMOS. In addition to the talks and panel discussion, companies were able to display products and services on small stands in Twickenham’s Rose Room.

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AVB can be more than AV

Andy GothardThe recent AVnu Alliance face-to-face meeting in Minneapolis was revealing in more ways than one. For a start, the organization, which is the certification and standards definition body for Ethernet AVB, is about to get some major new member companies, including some household names. All will be revealed soon!

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XMOS at eclipseCON 2014

Kris Jacobs and I recently attended the worldwide eclipse developer conference, a four-day event in San Francisco

eclipse is one of the key foundation platforms for xTIMEcomposer studio and helps us to deliver industry leading tools for our multicore microntrollers.

The conference itself was very well attended with the key themes being the Internet of Things, eclipse for embedded platforms and how the eclipse platform is evolving to support the new features of Java. It was great from an XMOS perspective to meet some of the developers responsible for the base platform we use and discuss plans for the future.

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Programming multicore: the right way?

Last week I attended the NMI (National Microelectronics Institute) event on Multicore Processors and Programming. The event was focused on how the embedded industry will adapt to the new wave of multicore processors.

One thing that struck me at the event was the range of systems that come under the banner "embedded". Everything from 8-bit micro-controllers to large SOCs running a version of Linux or Android are used in embedded systems. In all these areas, multicore is here and being used today.

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Q&A Section in XCore Exchange Community

I’m sure many XMOS users are already aware of the XCore Exchange Community , the online community where new and experienced users, established third party services partners and XMOS staff members can post technical support requests, contribute to a Question and Answer list, and discuss ideas and projects.

The Q&A section is a recently added feature that helps community members to get answers to specific technical questions related toxCORE multicore microcontrollers, xSOFTip and the xTIMEcomposer design tools. In addition to XCore members and moderators, many XMOS employees visit the Q&A on a regular basis: so your questions will get answered quickly.

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XMOS launches startKIT: multicore development for $14.99

14 October 2013

XMOS today announced an ultra-low-cost development platform called startKIT. Priced at just $14.99 from XMOS distribution partners, startKIT makes it quick and easy to start developing with the configurable xCORE multicore microcontroller technology. xCORE multicore microcontrollers can be software-configured with a wide variety of peripherals and interface blocks and programmed in C / C++, all in a single programming environment.

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