28 Feb '13, 11pm

Freescale may become a ARM server supplier, has license for 64-bit ARM chips.

Freescale may become a ARM server supplier, has license for 64-bit ARM chips.

I'm happy to see Freescale adopting the ARM ISA. One of the best outcomes would be to see Freescale merging some of their more valuable "legacy" IP with the newer architectures. IMHO one of their best features was the Time Processor Unit (TPU) which was available on the ColdFire processors and was also brought into the PowerPC uCs. If you've ever tried to write and support a complex application using the generic ARM timer you'd understand how much code development it really takes. If Freescale decides to start designing ARM uCs (and especially in it intends to de-emphasize PowerPC for these applications) it needs to seriously consider integrating TPUs into such an architecture, both for new designs and to support legacy code bases to give them a reasonable "upgrade" path.

Full article: http://www.eetimes.com/design/microcontroller-mcu/4407984...

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