New tools and IP offering for embedded applications

31 January 2013

XMOS launched the xTIMEcomposer Studio development environment and xSOFTip IP library.

The new IP and design flow increase the market reach of XMOS’ xCORE multicore microcontrollers, allowing the company to address a broad range of embedded applications that demand real time performance beyond the capabilities of traditional MCUs.

The architecture provides the low latency, fast I/O response and deterministic performance required for demanding real-time applications such as consumer, audio, industrial, and automotive. xTIMEcomposer and xSOFTip  allow embedded designers to harness these capabilities entirely within a software-based design flow.

xTIMEcomposer allows embedded designers to develop complex systems using xCORE devices in a familiar graphical design environment. The xTIMEcomposer suite includes static timing analysis and cycle-accurate simulation tools, making it easy for designers to meet precise real-time requirements. The new tools enable up to 60% improvement in run-time performance, code size reduction of up to 17%, and improvements in designer productivity, with compile time reduced by up to 40%.

xSOFTipis a comprehensive library of more than 40 soft peripheral IP and processing blocks that can be used to configure xCORE microcontrollers. A new, free-to-download GUI-based tool called xSOFTip Explorer allows developers to easily browse available xSOFTip blocks and quickly configure xCORE devices with the interfaces and peripherals they need. The xSOFTip library is made up of interfaces and IP blocks that support key standards for the consumer, audio, industrial and automotive markets.

The 32-bit xCORE multicore architecture allows processing performance to be dynamically shared, allowing a single chip to support multiple concurrent, real-time tasks that are completely deterministic. xTIMEcomposer and xSOFTip allow developers to build real-time embedded applications, working within a unified design. The designer configures the xCORE device using xSOFTip IP blocks and create application code in C or C++, with real-time extensions, via the same flow, effectively creating a custom chip and associated application code that exactly meets the needs of the target system.

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