In the world of multicore, it’s hard to get more cores than the quads now shipping in the latest smartphones, most of which are based upon ARM. But what about the board-level embedded market that I follow more closely?
You know it’s a foregone conclusion that ARM’s going to win the low power wars here too when even the x86 PC/104 vendors start musing about the need for ARM roadmaps.
In my discussion with WinSystems–a company that helps drive usually Intel-focused x86 trade consortia–Bob Burckle ponders an open standard form factor for ARM-based single board computers. .
I’ve come to learn that ADLINK, Congatec, Kontron and others have pushed the very concept of ARM-based SBCs through the Standardization Group for Embedded Technologies (SGET) in a computer-on-module (COM) standard they’re calling Smart Mobility ARChitecture SMARC version 1.0.
It comes in 82mm x 50mm and 82mm x 80mm flavors, and Kontron is already implementing it for aircraft passenger In-Flight Entertainment systems.
Look for ARM processors on PC/104, VME, COM Express…and SMARC boards soon. Choices will be from Texas Instruments, Atmel, Qualcomm, NVIDIA, Xilinx, and even AMD (which licensed the ARM for security engines in its APUs).