Cortus unveils new low power 32-bit processor core for IoT and wearable devices
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There are two main challenges with developing for wearable devices; creating a seamless user experience, and getting enough processing power to enable the seamless user experience you’ve created.
Cortus, a French company which creates low-power IP cores, has announced the first in a new family of products based on its v2 instruction set, specifically targeting sensors, wearables, and other Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
The first release is the APS23, which has a Harvard architecture, sixteen 32-bit registers, a three stage pipeline and a sequential multiplier, delivering 2.83 DMIPs/MHz and 1.44 CoreMarks/MHz in computational performance.
“The Internet of Things and other smart devices are rewriting the rules for developing systems on-chip and fuelling huge growth for the semiconductor industry,” said Rich Wawrzyniak, Semico Research analyst.
“IoT is creating a massive universe of connected intelligent devices that place stringent demands on processor IP and potentially represent much bigger unit numbers than the mobile market.
“What’s needed is a minimalist approach to power, silicon area and cost without sacrificing performance or security. This is what Cortus is doing, and why Semico believes the company is well-positioned to meet the needs of this emerging market,” he added.
This is an interesting addition for wearable hardware manufacturers, and a good look at the technology underpinning wearable devices. The emphasis is evidently on low powered computation, with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) a primary technology for wearables – a market Cortus is playing into.
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