The Accelent Systems integrated development platform (IDP) provides an environment for prototyping or developing software for Internet appliance devices. Built around Intel's 32-bit StrongARM-1110 processor, the IDP features support for USB, PS2 and matrix keyboards, PS2 mouse; numerous serial and parallel ports; Ethernet; PCMCIA; compact flash; IDE for hard disk and CDROM; IrDA; touch panel; AC97 audio; JTAG; 802.11b; Bluetooth; and cellular radio. The IDP also features a 16-bit logic analyzer port, an integrated LCD display, an expansion bus for adding additional devices, and menu-driven boot options. The company plans to offer a similar platform for Intel's XScale architecture as well. The IDP for SA-1110 is available now for $2,995.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.