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ARM DevCon to focus on Cortex-A9

Aug 8, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 6 views

The fifth annual ARM Developers' Conference will be held in Santa Clara, Calif. on October 7-9. ARM expects some 2,500 “engineers and industry leaders” to attend the event, which features presentations from organizations including ARM, Atmel, Khronos, MontaVista, NXP, Open Kernel Labs, Trango, and Texas Instruments.

Scheduled to be held at the Santa Clara Convention Center, ARM DevCon will feature an exhibition, case studies, tutorials, technical sessions, hands-on-labs, and panel discussions, says ARM. Keynotes have not yet been announced for the event, but a full agenda has been posted.

The panel tracks include 3D graphics, audio, microcontrollers, chip implementations, software debug, FPGA (field-programmable gate arrays), software development, low-power design, multimedia, security, ESL design, multicore, memory design, and chip verification. While the panels cover a variety of ARM processors, special attention appears to be paid to the Linux-compatible Cortex-A9 and related MPCore interconnect technology (see diagram below).

ARM Cortex A9 in MPCore configuration
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The following are some session highlights that may be of interest to embedded Linux developers, listed chronologically, with links to recent LinuxDevices coverage:

  • Tues. 9AM — Power consumption in multimedia processors (Texas Instruments)
  • Tues. 10AM — Power management in mobile devices (MontaVista)
  • Tues. 2PM — Khronos rich media ecosystem (Khronos)
  • Tues. 2PM — Embedded systems security and virtualization (Open Kernel Labs)
  • Tues. 3PM — Driver portability through virtualization (Trango)
  • Tues. 4PM — ARM Cortex-A9 implementation (Magma Design Automation)
  • Wed. 9AM — Interactive audio in small ARM systems (QSound Labs)
  • Wed. 10AM — How architecture choices affect microcontroller performance (NXP)
  • Wed. 11AM — ARM subsystem portability from emulation to FPGA and ASICs (Arrow Electronics)
  • Wed. 3PM — Developing traditional ARM-based system on FPGA (ARM)
  • Wed. 4PM — ZigBee (IAR)
  • Thurs. 9AM — Memory architectures for HD-ready consumer devices (Rambus)
  • Thurs. 10AM — Cortex-A8-based HD media engine (Itium)
  • Thurs. 11AM — Protecting ARM-based embedded systems from illegal cloning (Atmel)
  • Thurs. 1PM — ARM- and DSP-based multicore virtual platform (Wipro and TI)
  • Thurs. 2PM — Addressing system challenges with flash memory (ARM)
  • Thurs. 3PM — Parallel video decoding on ARM11 MPCore (NEC Europe)


More information on the ARM Developers' Conference, to be held at the Santa Clara Convention Center on October 7-9, should be available here. A $200 early-bird price is said to end on Sept. 12.

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