In all, inevitably, the embedded computer types of processors that will succeed in the future will be the SoCs that provide hardware-accelerated functions. It’s the only way that applications will be able to meet their performance-power budgets. In other words, with homogeneous SMP devices, the embedded computer performance gained by increased core count is not scalable. For example, the more cores that share a common bus structure, the more that each core must compete for memory bandwidth. This problem can be alleviated by designing chips that divide cores into clusters, where each cluster can operate autonomously if necessary.
What plans does the EEMBC have to expand its offerings in the future, and how can the industry get involved?