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11/12/2010 05:02 PM EST
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t.alex
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t.alex   11/21/2010 3:25:30 PM
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I wonder what would be the "simplest 8-bit micrcontroller" being compare against? what is the benchmark ?

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A. P. Richelieu   11/16/2010 11:03:56 PM
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I have discussed with a Professor in Computer Architecture at Ann Arbour, and he said that Asynchronous CPUs are nice, except that they are twice the size, twice the power consumption and half the performance of synchronous CPUs. Funny that it pops up at Ann Arbour...

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Peter Clarke   11/15/2010 1:02:36 PM
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Sub-threshold transistor is interesting for low power BUT it is very hard to get any foundries to consider developing a new process to accommodate this. I heard Mike Muller, CTO of ARM, say something along those lines earlier this year see "Clients to become more like servers, says ARM's CTO" http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4199578/Clients-to-become-more-like-servers-says-ARM-s-CTO Toumaz Technology Ltd. has some ideas on sub-threshold operation but rarely mention them these days.

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Neo10   11/15/2010 4:57:57 AM
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They are bringing out low power ARM implementation's in to the market so what they do internally don't matter. They could use async clock or device physics or any other fancy technique, but if finally it reduces the power cost of the OEM they would be happy to keep them in business.

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Sheetal.Pandey   11/14/2010 4:38:05 AM
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Sart up in mictrocontrollers. Its a very tough market. What is the most energy efficient means? Is it just that low power?? Once they put up the datasheets it will be clear.

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t.alex   11/14/2010 12:56:43 AM
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Asynchronous design technique for low power. Sounds very promising. I wonder if this will have any effect on the higher layer application development.

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goafrit   11/14/2010 12:04:59 AM
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Intel is involved in all major investments in new start-ups. They are making sure that new disruptions are within Intel control. Smart moves in Ambiq and Achronix.

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sharps_eng   11/13/2010 10:54:15 PM
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When ARM came out, its low power credentials were overlooked for years, until it got into mobile phones. Asynch, as stated above, has similarly been slow to take off. Maybe the two will synergize nicely?

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jg_   11/12/2010 8:10:12 PM
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Asynchronous design techniques have been in the background for years, but none have hit what could be called critical mass.

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eewiz   11/12/2010 7:36:15 PM
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Good to see a semi startup receiving some VC funding. Watched Ambiq's pitch @ Rice business plan competition. Impressive. http://vimeo.com/11276412 . Looking at their publication titles (http://vlsida.eecs.umich.edu/resource.php?grp=1 )it seems they use Subthreshold / asynchronous design techniques to reduce the power. If so it may not be a huge competitive advantage in the long term.

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