US magazine sets benchmark software for embedded chips

US magazine sets benchmark software for embedded chips
Richard Ball A suite of benchmarking software for embedded microprocessors has been released by EEMBC, a consortium set up by EDN magazine in the US. Its embedded processor benchmarking scheme offers engineers a more sophisticated way of comparing processor devices than simply measuring Mips – the millions of instructions executed per second. “At long last there will be some real-world benchmarks which will enable our potential customers to make informed decisions about the benefits of different cores,” said Rick Clucas, chief technical officer at ARC. Over 20 processor companies are members of EEMBC which, as well as ARC, include ARM, Hitachi, Intel, MIPS, Motorola and STMicroelectronics. The benchmark suites target five market segments of the embedded industry: automotive/industrial, networking, consumer, telecoms and office automation. Each segment has its own test code, taken from examples of typical software. These test processors using realistic situations, allowing more accurate device comparisons to be made. Results of tests will be posted on the organisation’s Website. To visit the site, point your browser at: www.eembc.org


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