It's logically multicore with a time sliced architecture that let's each slice handle an operation or set of operations in a defined time window. This deterministic latency lends itself very well to software programable I/O operations and real time applications such as control and robotics, rather than GPU. It also allows the chip to scale with multiple processor cores each handling multiple slices, all allocated by the compiler. It's done well with the real time Ethernet AVB protocol that is gathering traction in automotive with the determinism, and they have combined their xCore with the Silicon Labs ARM-based controller but this deal is about the definition and implementation of the next generation devices.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.