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Summit on multicore SoCs scheduled on ESC-Taiwan

Posted: 03 Aug 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:multicore SoC? Sunplus Technology? ARM? Altera? Trolltech?

The exponential growth of cellphones, storage devices, consumer electronics and automotive applications is driving the demand for multicore processing. According to analysts, the multiprocessor SoC segment is forecast to grow at a compound annual rate of around 30 percent. But how ready are Asia's engineers for this demand? Are there sufficient tools already out in the market?

These and other multicore issues will be discussed at the 6th Annual Embedded Systems Conference-Taiwan (ESC-Taiwan), to be at the Taipei International Convention Center on Aug. 17-18. The Multicore SoC Summit, to be participated in by Sunplus Technology, ARM, Altera Corp., Trolltech ASA and Wind River, will tackle the challenges in designing multicore SoCs and will highlight technological trends that are expected to make the engineers' work easier.

According to Sunplus Planning Director Bor-Sung Liang, multicore architecture can increase efficiency and can enable the designer to optimize computation and data flow with heterogeneous architectures that integrate different processor types. In his presentation, he will highlight several pitfalls, including those in task scheduling with multiple cores and data coherence, and will share ways on how best to avoid them.

Meanwhile, ARM's Simon Moore will talk about the power and performance benefits of multicore processing. Focusing on hardware design, his presentation will use ARM's MPCore as an example to explain how multicore implementations boost performance and lower power.

FPGAs and software in the multicore trend
Chris Balough, Altera's director of software and Nios marketing, will discuss how FPGAs can be an ideal way to leverage the multicore trend, while Trolltech's David Almstrom will look at the requirements imposed on an embedded software platform supporting multicore SoCs. In addition, Vinay Panchdhari, the regional FAE manager for Wind River Asia Pacific, will explain how and when engineers should choose multicore processors in their designs.

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