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The Multicore Association to launch on Nov. 30

Posted: 24 Nov 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:the multicore association? api? multicore? ip? rtos?

The Multicore Association is an outgrowth of meetings among chip vendors, semiconductor IP providers, as well as RTOS, compiler, and development-tool vendors that have been ongoing since May and is set to have its official formation in Santa Clara, California, on Nov. 30.

It aims to provide a neutral forum where vendors in the multiple-core processor space can work out standards for inter-processor communications, debug, and other common technology hurdles in multi-core implementations. The group has set its initial focus on multitasking and communications application program interfaces (APIs) and debug, with the goal of eventually providing a forum in which all relevant embedded multi-core standardization issues can be discussed and resolved.

"The Multicore Association provides a place for the device industry players to come together and find standard ways of interoperating in the multi-core arena," said Tomas Evensen, CTO at Wind River. He added that it will benefit both the vendors and the customers, as everybody can focus on adding value on top of the standards instead of reinventing the wheel.

Leading the effort is Markus Levy, president of the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium. He stated, "Ultimately, our goal is to help our participants' customers achieve quicker time to market, and part of this is giving our adopters the ability to certify to their customers that their products are compatible with standards set by The Multicore Association." He explained that as multi-core becomes more prevalent and more vendors are working together to create solutions, the need for industry-standard approaches to interfaces, tools, and other challenging technical issues is becoming more urgent and increasingly relevant as multi-core implementations find their way into a larger set of applications.

On the agenda for Nov. 30 will be discussions in three workgroups that have already formed around the issues of the multitasking and communication API, the debug API, and the Transparent Inter Process Communication protocol.

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