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Guest Blog Post: Ian Ferguson, ARM Embedded Segment Director

Today we have a special guest blog written by Ian Ferguson from ARM.  Ian is ARM's Embedded Segment Director and is also a judge for the Design Challenge.

 

 

Ian Ferguson
 
Congratulations! If you are reading this you have taken the first step toward developing a highly innovative platform based on Cypress’s PSoC 5 device. One of ARM’s primary value propositions is about enabling innovation and, as a judge for this design contest, I am really excited at the prospect of seeing how you will harness the combination of an MCU, programmable logic and analog IP this device contains, to make our decision process as fun and as difficult as possible! 
 
Many innovative products were showcased recently at the annual

ARM Techcon event in Santa Clara, California.  I am looking forward to seeing your far more creative uses for a 32-bit MCU, especially when it is coupled with the programmable capabilities of PSoC 5.

 
If you are looking for information about the Cortex-M3 processor itself, this URL is a great starting point. Some of you may be unfamiliar with this processor. ARM posts a lot of technical information here. There are a couple of application notes here that might be of use to some of you.
  • AN237: Migrating from 8051 to Cortex Microcontrollers
  • AN234: Migrating from PIC Microcontrollers to Cortex-M3
In subsequent blogs I will be exploring some of the reasons why people are shifting over to 32-bit solutions. The obvious one of course is “my application needs more performance.” However we see a lot of people moving to 32-bit as the processing efficiency gained from making this transition enables the processor to be active for a much short period of time, resulting in significant power savings.
 
If you have questions regarding the Cortex-M3 processor itself during the conference, you can submit a question through the Cypress Forum and myself or one of our excellent support staff will get to them as quickly as we can.
 
Good Luck….I will write again soon!
 
Ian Ferguson 

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