An understanding of how to build parallel systems
is vital for next-generation embedded systems
Hardware engineers understand how to build parallel systems – and
parallel, scalable architectures are key to next-generation embedded systems.
What once seemed unimaginable – PC’s completing tasks that were only achievable by a DSP – has become a reality. Today, Intel has on-chip IPP libraries that perform the functions typically found on the DSP and the cores on an Intel or AMD x86 chip are able to perform floating point calculations within acceptable tolerances for many applications.
Many of the most successful users of the IntervalZero RTX Hard Real-Time Platform are former hardware – especially DSP – engineers. Hardware engineers understand how to build parallel systems and as the table at the right shows, a parallel, scalable architecture is key to successful next-generation embedded systems.
Consistent with Moore’s law, PC chip makers are relentlessly doubling the performance of chips every 18 months. These gains are unmatched by any other real-time hardware architecture. However, current embedded architectures cannot capitalize on these performance gains because the real-time platform is not able to harness the power of all the available cores in parallel.
The RTX Hard Real-Time platform, which comprises the Windows OS and IntervalZero’s RTX hard real-time extension of Windows running on x86 multicore multiprocessors, is similar in concept to those of iPhone and Android with all the pre-built components. The exception is that the RTX Hard Real-Time Platform is specifically designed to build larger-form-factor hard-real time systems – systems that might require and operator (e.g. CNC, Medical Equipment, music mixing board applications). The tools and components found in RTX are more similar to a DSP or FPGA development platform than you might think.
To build breakthrough systems, leading companies realize it is vital to harness the power of the PC architecture and double performance with each generation of PC chips.
We look forward to an opportunity to discuss the table at right that highlights the pre-requisites for market-leading solutions.