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9/28/2010 01:22 AM EDT
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Code Monkey
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Code Monkey   10/1/2010 8:30:26 PM
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The title of the article is a little misleading, since the two parts are targeted at different applications. The Coldfire part has an EMAC and a DAC, whereas the ARM has a sophisticated LCD controller. I think the ARM would come up short on a DSP-intensive application. MIPS may as well be "Meaningless Indicator of Processor Speed".

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Silicon_Smith   9/30/2010 5:28:05 PM
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It is amazing to see how every semiconductor company is embracing ARM as the brain for their future processors. Most of them have competing cores but hats-off to ARM for such a wonderful product and support community.

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bempey   9/30/2010 4:31:27 PM
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This chip fixes a bunch of the deficiencies in the i.MX233 chip that it's based on (and you can't blame FreeScale, as they acquired that design from another company). Namely, the MX233 had only 1 USB port, didn't support RAM larger than 64MB chips, DDR1 only (rather than lower-cost DDR2), and there was no parallel bus at all! But it still had all the integrated power and audio, and in just 169 pins/balls. Our Medallion Linux supports the MX233 with a common tool-chain for the Samsung 2410, MX233, and Ti OMAP 35xx. All based on open-embedded, rather than the .... "less elegant" tool-chain that FreeScale supplies. Contact Techsol if you'd like help with your MX28x designs.

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elctrnx_lyf   9/30/2010 7:00:51 AM
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That is quite a lot of information from Benson. It is quite challenging for the medical equipment manufacturers to change a design and bring it out into market. Normally it takes years and no one really love to do such things with their working products. I do agree longevity of the components is very important to be get their place in industrial, aerospace and medical applications.

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Duane Benson   9/29/2010 3:58:03 PM
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To me, the most significant aspect of these products comes in the close of the article: the fact that both are part of the longevity program. These are not targeted at smart phones or other personal consumer devices. That longevity program guaranteeing 15 years of supply means that these are targeted squarely at the industrial controls market. With consumer devices, it may be annoying, but it's acceptable to change the processor every year and if that component goes out of stock in two years, who cares. The world will have moved on and the device will be replaced with the newest latest and greatest. However, in the medical and industrial controls markets, it's frequent that electronics have to soldier on for ten, 15 or more years. Here at Screaming Circuits, it's not at all uncommon to get requests to repair or rebuild a ten year-old control module. With these type systems, replacing the brains is not as simple as tossing the old one and getting a new two year contract. Changing processors can result in tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in redesign and test work. In the medical world, it's even worse. Lack of a direct replacement processor could very well lead to scrapping a very expensive piece of equipment. By delivering powerful processors with guaranteed 15 year supply, a whole lot of future problems can be designed out from the start.

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KB3001   9/29/2010 3:31:43 PM
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Brave move by Freescale, which will earn it cutomer loyalty.

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goafrit   9/29/2010 10:59:53 AM
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You cannot make a premium in this area. It is already a commodity.

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elctrnx_lyf   9/29/2010 8:14:05 AM
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The ARM based MX28x chips are mainly targeted for the home energy gateway applications. As per freescale website the complete platform evaluation products will be out soon. There is lot of expected market for the home energy monitoring once the smart grid application based energy distribution is in use by the household consumers.

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Neo10   9/29/2010 2:55:23 AM
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Features aplenty, great! Now I guess the ARM board makes a good choice for an STB. Even medium end phones can deploy these chipsets and there is a potential for making decent profits with added benefit of higher battery life. If they would have thrown in a DSP core then it would have widened the possibilities.

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eewiz   9/28/2010 5:46:11 PM
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Commodity Product. Already too much competition in this market and is a Red Ocean. $5 price tag is attractive; May be a competitor for PIC. Freescale may better focus on high performance multicore smartphone/Tablet processors like Marvell/TI, where the margins are high. @Kinnar, These CPUs are too slow to be used in todays handhelds. Maybe 3-4 years this was fine. :)

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