The ARM Processor Roadmap Deciphered

  Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 6:30 PM
  Location: Cadence / Bldg 10, 2655 Seely Ave, San Jose, CA (map)
  Speaker: Robert (Bob) Boys, Product Manager, ARM




Time: 6:30 PM (PT) Networking/Refreshments, 7:00 PM Presentation


Confused by the large number of ARM® processors ?  What is an ARM7™ compared to the Cortex™-M3 ?  How does the Cortex-M4 fit in ?  …and the new Cortex-M7 ?  What are the differences between these ?  …and how do they relate to the Cortex-A and Cortex-R ?  What features are attracting everybody to ARM ?  The number of ARM 32 bit processors available is quite extensive.  It has increased from 11 processors in 2008 to 28 now.  Ranging from the tiny 12,000 gate Cortex-M0 to the massive Cortex-A72, ARM has a processor for every application.  With a common instruction and register sets, moving up and down the roadmap to suit your requirements is easy.  With 64 bit Cortex-A53 processor evaluation boards now coming on the market and with the latest 32 bit releases, ARM is heading into new territory.

The roadmap will be discussed starting at ARM7 and ending at the latest processor announced (currently Cortex-A72) in an organized fashion.  What do all the letters and numbers in the part numbers mean ?  What companies make these processors and which are most readily available.  Which cores can run Linux, Android, Windows and other operating systems and major features will be discussed.  The relationship between ARM processor names and their architectures will be explained plus the big.LITTLE concept and plenty more.

At the end of this seminar, you will have a good understanding of ARM processors and how they relate to each other and how your processor needs fit into the roadmap.

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Speaker Bio

Bob has been in the embedded industry in Silicon Valley for the last 23 years. His focus has been mainly on development tools for a wide range of processor families. His specialty is working with end customers and field application engineers.

He has a BBA Honours degree from Wilfrid Laurier University with computer electives from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. He completed a MIS degree at the University of Toronto and soon after moved to California.

He has published many magazine articles and application notes on various subjects including debugging techniques and hardware as well as an easy to read series on CAN. He is currently working on a manuscript of business practices.

Bob is currently employed by ARM and is based in their San Jose office. He works mainly with ARM’s development tools for all ARM processors.
Bob enjoys sailing the San Francisco Bay, riding his motorcycle and going on road trips with his four granchildren.

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