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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

  Floating point is the answer

To the makers of all the embedded chips out there (you know you are):

Forget about improving realtime performance. Forget about increasing clock and cache size. Forget about adding more SOC stuff like ethernet. Forget DSPs. Floating point and trancendental instructions are the answer for sound and video enabled applications. Please embed floating point in your next generation. Pay the glibc and uclibc folk to make it work. Get it into the Linux kernel. Make it std. Adhere to IEEE standards and foist no more weird floating point units like the one on the ep93xx series (maverick) upon us. Please. Pretty please?

While you are at it, if you really have to add more features to your SOC, figure out how to put analog components like amplifiers on chip.

Sincerely,

One really frustrated embedded developer
 
Comments:
Perhaps you could use the Renesas SH7760. Start coding with one of these babies:

http://www.logicpd.com/eps/som/renesas/SH7760/
 
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