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The Multicore Association(TM), New Industry Standards Forum, Prepares for Official Launch in Santa Clara on Nov. 30

The Multicore Association(TM), New Industry Standards Forum, Prepares for Official Launch in Santa Clara on Nov. 30

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif., Nov. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- A new industry group that aims to provide a neutral forum where vendors in the multiple-core processor space can work out standards for inter-processor communications, debug, and other common technology hurdles in multi-core implementations will be discussing its official formation during a meeting in Santa Clara, Calif., on Nov. 30.

Being organized as The Multicore Association(TM), the new group is an outgrowth of meetings among chip vendors, semiconductor IP providers, as well as RTOS, compiler, and development-tool vendors that have been ongoing since May. Its focus will be on nonproprietary implementations where products from multiple vendors must work together.

The group has set its initial focus on multitasking and communications application program interfaces (APIs) and debug, with the goal of eventually providing a forum in which all relevant embedded multi-core standardization issues can be discussed and resolved.

"The Multicore Association provides a place for the device industry players to come together and find standard ways of interoperating in the multi-core arena," said Tomas Evensen, CTO at Wind River. "This is a win for both the vendors and the customers, as everybody can focus on adding value on top of the standards instead of reinventing the wheel."

Leading the effort is Markus Levy, a well-known processor analyst who also founded and is president of EEMBC, the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium.

"Ultimately, our goal is to help our participants' customers achieve quicker time to market, and part of this is giving our adopters the ability to certify to their customers that their products are compatible with standards set by The Multicore Association," Levy said. "As multi-core becomes more prevalent and more vendors are working together to create solutions, the need for industry-standard approaches to interfaces, tools, and other challenging technical issues is becoming more urgent and will become increasingly relevant as multi-core implementations find their way into a larger set of applications."

Levy defines the scope of The Multicore Association's domain as implementations that use two or more processing elements. These include, but are not limited to, heterogeneous and homogeneous multiprocessor systems, coprocessors, and hardware accelerators.

On the agenda for Nov. 30 will be discussions in three workgroups that have already formed around the issues of the multitasking and communication API, the debug API, and the Transparent Inter Process Communication (TIPC) protocol. Further details on the agenda and objectives of each of the workgroups are available on The Multicore Association Web site at

The Nov. 30 meeting will take place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Santa Clara. Interested parties may contact Markus Levy at [email protected] to confirm their attendance.

About The Multicore Association

The Multicore Association provides a neutral forum for vendors who are interested in, working with, and/or proliferating multi-core-related products, including processors, infrastructure, devices, software, and applications. The multi-core ecosystem includes chip vendors; semiconductor IP providers; RTOS, compiler, and development-tool vendors, as well as application developers. Companies in all of these fields, as well as OEMs that rely on multi-core implementations for their products, are invited to participate in The Multicore Association. Further information is available at

The Multicore Association

CONTACT: Markus Levy of The Multicore Association, +1-530-672-9113, or
fax, +1-530-672-9439, [email protected]; or Bob Decker of Wall
Street Communications, +1-415-409-0233, or fax, +1-650-618-1512,
[email protected], for The Multicore Association

Web site:

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