The folks at XMOS, the creators of what they refer to as "Software Defined Silicon," have introduced a credit card-sized development board that provides everything needed to start developing applications based on their XS1-G family of programmable devices.
The XC-1 development board is available as part of the US$99 XC-1 hardware development kit and comes with all necessary support hardware and immediate access to XMOS' web-based tool suite.
The XC-1 development board is powered from the host workstation's USB port, which also serves as the debug and download connection. Programs are designed, compiled, and simulated using the on-line embedded development environment and downloaded to the development board. To further accelerate development cycles, users have access to online sample code, demonstration projects, tutorials, and a quick start guide.
At the heart of the XC-1 board is the XS1-G4 programmable chip, offering four 32-bit, XCore event-driven processors, capable of executing up to 32 simultaneous real-time tasks and managing up to 400 million events per second. With 1600 MIPS performance, 256 Kbytes of RAM, and 32 Kbytes of ROM, the chip will handle a broad range of hardware and software functions, from I/O interfaces through to DSP algorithms.
In its 85mm × 54mm format, the development board provides four pushbuttons, four status LEDs, and 12 bi-colour LEDs, along with a speaker for use with a software-driven 1-bit DAC. Up to two XLink ports are available for connecting multiple XC-1 boards.
Its small form-factor means the board is ideal for installation in target applications and in deeply embedded systems.
The XC-1 development board is easily interfaced to existing system hardware via 60 user I/O pins, and additional circuit components can be added using the board's 0.1 inch pitch through-hole prototyping area. Complementing the XDK system development kit, the XC-1 is the newest member of the XMOS family of development hardware and can be purchased online from www.xmos.com/xc1.
Editor's Note: I am informed that purchasers of the XC-1 kit also receive a coupon for a 50% discount on a second kit (US$49). This they can use themselves or they can pass it on to a colleague (presumably the one who keeps borrowing the first kit)
Also, when the coupon is redeemed, the purchaser is eligible to receive either an XMOS device sample pack or an XMOS shirt.
For further information and enquiries
XMOS, Venturers House, King Street, Bristol, BS1 4PB, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)117 927 6004
Fax: +44 (0)117 915 4088