ARM today announced a new member of the Cortex-M processor core family, the Cortex-M4. It is advertised as a “DSC (digital signal controller)”, a hybrid between microcontroller and DSP (digital signal processor). In features the M-series’ Thumb-2 instruction set, and DSP extensions like single-cycle MAC (multiply-accumulate), a hardware divider, and an optional single precision FPU (floating point unit). The target clock speed is 150 MHz.
From the available information it seems that the Cortex-M4 will be competing with TI’s C2000 family, which includes devices at similar clock speeds and optional FPUs, and Microchip’s slightly lower-end dsPIC. Applications cited by ARM range from motor control to audio processing.
According to the press release, five semiconductor companies, including NXP, STMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments have already licensed the Cortex-M4.
The NXP just bought the licence for this ARM core. We have to wait and see what it will be. http://www.nxp.com/news/content/file_1683.html
Hi, all 3 major players have signed up for the Cortex-M4, NXP, TI and ST. There are two more "leading MCU semiconductor companies" according to the press release. It is going to be fun! Let's see which vendor will have the floating point integrated, which one considers it just an option. The DSP instructions will be in all of the devices, these are not optional. Regards, Robert http://mcu-related.com/architectures/35-cortex-m3/96-cortex-m4