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ARM extends RealView solution

Posted: 21 Oct 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:arm? realview? hardware development board? versatile family? arm926ej-s?

ARM Inc. has extended its RealView hardware development solution with the launch of the Versatile family of hardware development boards. The family includes the first development board to support both the ARM926EJ-S PrimeXsys Platform and a range of integrated high performance IP, such as Imagination Technologies' PowerVR MBX 3D graphics acceleration technology.

The product complements the existing ARM Integrator family, offering both high performance and flexibility. The performance-critical parts of a system have been combined into a development chip to enable ASIC emulation and software development at near to real system speed. The solution enables prototyping systems to operate with bus speeds of up to 90MHz with the ARM926EJ-S core operating in excess of 230MHz.

The first board in the Versatile family is the RealView Versatile Platform Baseboard. Based on an integrated development chip, the board has been designed specifically for ASIC emulation and prototyping, supports advanced 3D graphics application development around ARM and PowerVR MBX cores, and provides an AMBA Multi-layer AHB prototyping environment. External bus interfaces on the chip enable bus layers inside the device to be routed to expansion logic, and to provide access to the multiple bus layers of the PrimeXsys Platform architecture.

The development chip also includes an implementation of the ARM MOVE coprocessor which improves the motion estimation capability required for applications like MPEG encode through hardware assistance for sum-of-absolute-differences calculations.

The RealView Versatile Platform Baseboard for the ARM926EJ-S core will be available for $5000, and a range of LCD kits and a PCI expansion backplane will be released early in 2004.

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