Would anyone be interested in an XMOS challenge?
June 29, 2009
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The 9.9 version of the XMOS Development Tools is now available:
It is VITAL that XK-1 users use this release or above as the XK1 is not supported in previous versions.
As for anyone else - you will probably appreciate some of the cool new features:
I was curious to know if anyone would be interested in participating in a challenge to make something AWESOME with a new breed of processor which is particularly great for DSP/networking/USB/motor control type applications or more basic things if that is overkill for what you want.
XMOS event driven processors allow you to execute code in parallel which could open up a number of possibilities to evolve your robots "brain" to the next level!
I have some development kits to give away potentially, but before I give away all the details, I just wanted to see if there was any interest before I add to the challenges area or such.
People have made some cool stuff with our tech before (See videos).
Some details of the processor itself which will be on the dev kit (to be released soon):
- Single core device (Although we do have quad core versions - ask me)
- 400 MIPS per core.
- 8 Threads per core.
- 64Kb RAM
- 8KBytes OTP memory for applications, boot code or security keys, with security mode
- 64 user I/O pins
- Support for high performance DSP (32 x 32 → 64bit MAC) and cryptographic functions
- Time aware ports provide up to 10ns timing resolution
- Designs implemented using a software-based design flow (can program in C or XC - very similar to C but with support for extras such as parallel execution)
- Scalable - can connect many kits together for crazy amounts of processing power using Xlinks.
For detailed spec see: http://www.xmos.com/products/xs1-l-family/l1lq128
EDIT: As there has been some interest shown and to save time later - please post below with the following info if you would like to be considered:
1) Project Title
2) Project Description
3) How many Dev Kits you think it may require (eg you may need 2 if you are demonstrating the ability of one robot using image recognition to track another for example)
4) Are you willing to keep a video/photo diary of your progress if we choose you? Please state which/both.
If anyone is interested please feel free to post below with your project ideas (and subscribe to this forum topic for updates so I can contact you nearer the release date) so I can see if there is enough interest. I hope I have posted this in the right place, if not please feel free to move this to the right part of the forum!