[fpc-devel] Blackfin support

Michael Schnell mschnell at lumino.de
Fri Jul 9 13:49:54 CEST 2010

  On 07/09/2010 01:22 PM, ik wrote:
> Does FPC capable of supporting blackfin 
> <http://www.analog.com/en/embedded-processing-dsp/processors/index.html> 
> (and others in it's family) CPU ?
> It seems that more and more embedded projects starting to use it.

In fact I did a (quite low priority) research on how to port FPC to a 
new CPU such as NIOS and Blackfin and found that it of course is doable 
somehow. While NIOS seems to look more doable, as it's quite similar to 
MIPS (and ARM), Blackfin has a much more complex instruction set with a 
huge potential for low-level optimization. Thus I suppose Blackfin is 
quite hard to do.

OTOH I have the impression that the real winner with embedded projects 
will be ARM (especially Cortex) and here Linux is getting interesting 
for even lower-size and higher-Volume projects. So I am shifting my 
interests towards Linux enabled embedded ARM chips (like the TI AM1x and 
AM3x "Sitara" series that has been introduced in 2010 and feature a RISK 
coprocessor for hard realtime / virtual peripheral stuff).

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