RALEIGH, N.C. The Embedded Computers operation of SBS Technologies Inc. has introduced its first standalone CPU board, the PROEBX, based on a choice of Socket-7 microprocessors operating at up to 333 MHz and sporting two PC MIP expansion sites. The board also has the familiar complement of "Super I/O" functions, such as serial and parallel ports. Three programmable timers and four A/D converters are included. PROEBX pricing starts at $1,400 each in lots of 100. It's available immediately.
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.