Monday, July 2, 2012

Can I use this embedded processor?

At work I'm asked if we can use a particular processor for a new system. Other than mechanical, electrical, and I/O considerations, software and tool support is very important.

When selecting processors for medium-sized embedded systems, I ask:

Is it a well-known architecture? For our applications, we stick with ARM, MIPS. We evaluated Intel, but they didn't meet our I/O requirements.

Linux support? I check Wikipedia and the Linux repository.

GCC support? I check the GCC repository.

ICE/JTAG support? I check Mentor Graphics and Macraigor.


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