Tuesday, September 28, 2010

#ARM Micros Rival Freescale's ColdFire

Many engineering organizations have standardized on ARM cores in order to consolidate their development efforts and to allow reused of developed algorithms. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the past have had to choose between vendors when deciding on whether to go with ARM or less-expensive proprietary architectures like Freescale's Coldfire. Freescale OEMs can now choose the newest ARM or Coldfire processors with the same low-power consumption for longer battery and the same low price. Look for proprietary architectures continue to serve legacy and standalone applications while ARM-cores consolidate their dominance in mobile electronics over the next five years. RColinJohnson @NextGenLog

The ColdFire MCF5441x houses a 250-MHz V4m Core offering 385 MIPS, and up to 10 serial ports, precision pulse width modulators and analog to digital converters (ADCs).

The i.MX28x chip houses a 454-MHz ARM9 core offering 500 MIPS, and LCD controller, touchscreen user interface, power management unit, two USB modules and analog to digital converters (ADC).
Here is what EETimes says about micros: Industrial designers can now choose from either ARM-based or ColdFire-based microcontrollers for mobile cost-sensitive portable medical devices, smart meters, energy distribution equipment, motor control and other industrial applications. Freescale Semiconductor's two new families of ARM- and ColdFire-based microcontrollers bring the price of battery-saving half-watt power consumption down to around a $5...
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