Freescale's ARM-Based Processor Is for Industrial Control, Networking
All three members of Freescale’s LS1 family incorporate dual ARM Cortex A7 cores. The LS1020A processor (shown) is targeted at enterprise and consumer networking, as well as gateways and security appliances. (Source: Freescale Semiconductor)
It seems that whenever I do an electronics story, naperlou, the theme is power. With so many systems moving to smaller footprints and even handheld design, low power is the ever-present design requirement.
Chuck, I have worked with the POWER Architecture versions of this product. The ability to have multiple cores of a standard processor and the QUICC communications engine on one chip is amazing. This is the trend these days, but it is no less amazing. The ARM processor brings low power to the part, as you point out. This can extend its use to battery powered units. That would be something.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
Weaned on the relatively effortless connectivity of today’s massive variety of consumer electronic products, automation users in the IIoT will likely not tolerate too many competing, piecemeal standards for long. And the Industrial Internet Consortium is trying to preempt history.
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