The Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) has always been one of my favorite events and this year was certainly one to remember. FTF 2015 was held in the music capital of the world, and Freescale's own backyard, Austin Texas. There was a great mix of technical tracks with over 350 hours of technical content, a fantastic keynote speaker in Steve Wozniak, live music, and of course lots of fantastic ARM technology!
Freescale has one of the broadest ARM portfolios ranging from some of the smallest 32bit micro-controllers (KL02) all the way up to the latest ARMv8 64bit Cortex-A57 based devices (LS2080), and everything in between, all being showcased in the technology lab. Here are a few of my favorite demos:
Freescale have just recently launched the newest member of the Kinetis V family, the KV5x MCU. The KV5x implements the Cortex-M7 processor and targets Motor Control and Power Conversion applications. There were several demos showcasing the KV5x, by my favorite had to be the quadrocopter where a single KV5x was being used to control all 4 motors. Unfortunately I wasn't allowed to fly it, probably to the benefit of everyone in the tech lab! There was also another KV5x demo where Freescale was showcasing the Kinetis motor suite which can be used to simplify the development of advanced motor control functions. Using the Kinetis motor suite I was able to successfully use a KV5x to drive a washing machine motor simply by following the on screen prompts!
There were a lot of Networking demos on display in the tech lab including one demo showing 2 of Freescale's new ARMv8 based Layerscape parts; the LS2080, and LS1043. The demo allowed you to run benchmarks on one or more CPUs and displayed the benchmark result as well as the power consumed during the run. The best part was that the demo allowed you to set the number of cores used to actually run the benchmark, which in turn allowed you to observe the power consumption of the CPUs. Is was great to see that enabling a second Cortex-A53 had less of an effect on power consumption than the variation in successive demo runs. Also seeing the raw performance of 8 Cortex-A57s was equally impressive.
I also found the LS1021A-IoT Gateway demo interesting as it showcased how an ARM powered IoT edge devices such as a Freescale Kinetis based device can talk to an ARM powered LS1021 gateway. This demo really drove home the fact that the IoT is being enabled by ARM technology.
Freescale are one of the largest providers of Automotive semiconductors on the planet and ARM is well represented in Freescale's automotive product portfolio. The newly announced Cortex-A53 based S32V vision microprocessor was on display in the tech lab as well as the Cortex-A5, Cortex-M4, and Cortex-M0+ based MAC57Dxx which was powering an instrument cluster with a secondary display for powering a windshield HUD.
And lets not forget the ARM Booth where we displayed the latest in ARM development tools working with lots of new Freescale silicon. My favorite demo was DS-5 displaying heterogeneous debug support for both the i.MX 6 Solo X as well as the i.MX 7.
And lets not forget the no-hands race car simulation inspired by Arrow's Sam Car which really stole the show!
There were so many more great demos, and I haven't even gotten to the ones in the IoTT truck that was parked around back! With this much going on, it is easy to get overwhelmed. Luckily for us, Freescale make their keynote and technical session content available after the show via their FTF site linked below.
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Very good, we will join the Freescale camp as soon as possible
I have missed that, thanks for having featured this post
You found some pretty cool stuff at the show. My day one blog highlights many of the ARM related press announcements at the show and also what ARM had at the demo booths. Check it out at Freescale Technology Forum 2015: Bigger and better than ever, and now with even more ARM Cortex goodness