The goal of the SPP project is to create a new generation of microcontrollers which can combine a high performance RISC processor and an application specific but reconfigurable peripheral device.
Their main application will be in the hand-held cartographic display systems (called in this market-area plotters) for use in the marine/terrestrial/aeronautical environments.
A multi-core CPU chip will be the final result in the ASIC development phase, and as demonstrators:
The main characteristic of this project is the use of a RISC ARM core, plus a programmable part, with complex macrobloks (Graphic Engine, Communication ports, GPS Engine). The use of an asynchronous design methodology, as the one used for the ARM CPU, together with the sharing of the I/O resources toward different processes will drastically reduce the cost and power consumption of the final system. This is a strategic task to be performed for the next generation of hand-held cartographic plotters. The development of a new generation of multicore debuggers on behalf of ARM technology and of system level evaluators on behalf of Department of Information Engineering (University of Pisa), will guarantee the implementation and optimisation of the new chip.
The main advantages of this implementation are:
Start date: August 1998
End date: May 2000
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