ARM beds NEC for SMPBy Chris Williams. Published: 21st Oct 2003, 21:34:48 | Permalink | Printable
ARM11 goodnessARM and NEC Electronics have teamed up to hopefully produce and market an SMP (Symmetric Multi-Processor) based ARM11 processor core. Additionally, NEC Electronics has licensed the ARM966E-S core and the VFP9 vector floating-point co-processor technology from ARM.
Usually a multi-processor system requires an operating system that can automatically balance applications across the individual CPUs, thus making a system far more efficient. RISC OS cannot at present deal with more than one ARM processor. However if the processor were to pretend to be a single processor while internally possessing multiple cores and performing load balancing itself, the OS and software will think only one processor core is present and run as normal, albeit faster, hopefully.
We predict that such a scenario involving RISC OS is a long way off, although the news is interesting in terms of how far ARM is willing to go in the high end embedded market. ARM also today posted news of their Q3 financial results.
ARM beats expectations for third quarter from the Financial Times
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