5
\$\begingroup\$

Seeing as there are more and more mutli-core processors systems. I'd like to learn more about them.

What mutli-core microcontroller eval boards exist, if any?

Thanks

\$\endgroup\$

closed as not constructive by Brian Carlton, Dave Tweed, Nick Alexeev, W5VO Dec 19 '12 at 3:27

As it currently stands, this question is not a good fit for our Q&A format. We expect answers to be supported by facts, references, or expertise, but this question will likely solicit debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion. If you feel that this question can be improved and possibly reopened, visit the help center for guidance. If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Parallax propeller is great, are there any ARM core boards too? \$\endgroup\$ – Ashitakalax Dec 17 '12 at 19:43
7
\$\begingroup\$

I like the Propeller from Parallax. Quite a few dev boards available in the store.

Propeller is a simple 8-core microcontroller with 32 kB of shared RAM and 2 kB of RAM per core. Runs at up to 80 MHz and has 32 I/O pins.

\$\endgroup\$
  • \$\begingroup\$ I was about to post the same thing. Propeller is a simple 8-core microcontroller with 32 kB of shared RAM and 2 kB of RAM per core. Runs at up to 80 MHz and has 32 I/O pins. \$\endgroup\$ – AndrejaKo Dec 17 '12 at 19:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ I have a Propeller Board of Education that I have yet to crack open and play with... need (1) more free time, (2) a compelling reason for 8 MCUs... \$\endgroup\$ – vicatcu Dec 17 '12 at 19:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ @vicatcu Here's another reason to add to the list: We do everything in software! ideology. It's a bit different user experience having to do absolutely everything in software, since the part has no hardware peripherals, except for two counters per core. \$\endgroup\$ – AndrejaKo Dec 17 '12 at 19:56
7
\$\begingroup\$

XMos have quite a good range too. Here is a description of their architecture

Some of their development boards are very reasonably priced too.

\$\endgroup\$
3
\$\begingroup\$

Freescale i.MX6 on the Nitrogen6X Dev Board from Boundary Devices. It's a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 processor. Or if you don't care about Wifi, the SabreLite is a bit cheaper. I'm not sure this is in bounds for what your asking because you said microcontroller (and this is decidedly a microprocessor, if you're into religion).

\$\endgroup\$
3
\$\begingroup\$

Panda board is a very nice board from TI that has a lot going for it and is multicore:

\$\endgroup\$
  • \$\begingroup\$ It must be a good board if there is a waiting list to get one. I like that is has support for Jelly bean too. \$\endgroup\$ – Ashitakalax Dec 18 '12 at 16:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ I read some rumours of TI stopping development of the OMAP processor line... \$\endgroup\$ – vicatcu Dec 18 '12 at 16:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ It's true that they're stopping focus on the OMAP for Tablets and phones, but they're still going after the embedded market, so that doesn't mean they won't support. Maybe they won't develop as much. Still, the board has a large community around it. \$\endgroup\$ – Gustavo Litovsky Dec 18 '12 at 18:31
1
\$\begingroup\$

There's a couple of demo boards for the LPC4350. It's a Cortex M4 and Cortex M0 on a single chip running at the same clock speed with a shared memory space for message passing. The general idea is that you can use the M0 to handle all of the I/O and use the more powerful math capabilities of the M4 for all of your signal processing/computational needs.

\$\endgroup\$

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.