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A 21st Century Sea Change Taking Place in Embedded Microprocessors

Authored on: Jan 19, 2007 by David Guzeman

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It has been 30 years since the 8048/8051 microprocessors appeared on the market and changed the world's view of what an embedded microcontroller should look like. Over the years, each new microcontroller has tended to follow that basic architecture, adding improvements at each step in order to stay in step with the increasingly demanding applications. As long-lived and important as that original architecture has been, it is now time to embrace a new multicore architecture, one designed from the ground up to handle the applications of the 21st century. In this white paper, we will discuss the sea changes in architecture design that are being driven by demands for higher operating speeds and lower power dissipation.



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