Dec 02, 2009

Selecting an embedded MCU: How to avoid evaluation trap?
IP-ESC’09 Conference – Grenoble, France
D.Maurer, A.Descombes


The main goal of this article is to focus on the difficulties encountered by SoC integrators when selecting an embedded microcontroller (MCU). Indeed, the selection is based on MCU performances, but the comparison can be difficult and compromised when considering all the parameters influencing these performances.

In this article, we will detail how to assess rigorously power consumption, area, speed, code density and processing power for an embedded MCU. For each performance, we will describe how the parameters have to be selected to enable a fair comparison between processor cores…

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