In embedded control solutions, efficiency is about avoiding superfluous computations that drive up energy consumption. This involves both reducing hardware needs and getting full utilization from the hardware you do employ.
Flexibility, meanwhile, means being able to implement any computation, and thus having exactly the right computation for the application in question. It also means being able to adapt and make changes whenever necessary.
For years, field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) have been the go-to solution for achieving cost-effective flexibility. However, FPGAs require a large number of transistors and have limited energy efficiency. Application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs), on the other hand, have minimal hardware and high efficiency, but are often prohibitively expensive to develop and cannot be flexibly implemented.
At Imsys, we do things differently. Our unique and lean microprocessor technology represents the only solution on the market for ensuring both maximum efficiency and maximum flexibility with a significantly reduced development cost structure.
This is possible by developing what we call Operation-Oriented Hardware Architecture (OOHA). OOHAs utilize microprogramming to code application-specific computations on an 8-bit Imsys processor. The result is a dynamic and reconfigurable solution with minimal hardware, perfectly suited to its target application with the lowest possible energy consumption.
Keep reading to learn more.