XMOS to give away 2500 starterkits with their XMOS 500MIPS chip


XMOS technology are to give away 2500 StarterKits with their xCORE multi core microcontrollers.

You can register here http://www.xmos.com/startkit if you want to get one in December.

The starterkit is build around 500MIPS xCORE-Analog multicore microcontroller with eight 32bit logical processing cores.

To program it you can use the free xTIMEcomposer design tools which allow you to write application code using C / C++.

We are grateful to XMOS and really appreciate that they didn’ t put Arduino connector on their starterkit nor used Arduino compatible buzz words for them! All we see is small text which tell a potential application is to connect this starterkit to Raspberry Pi and use it to interface real time processes.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tom
    Oct 20, 2013 @ 11:25:17

    Wow this really seems like a nice device, more like an FPGA with all the software tools I which run on Linux! ) to configure your microcontroller to have just the peripherals you need. This might be close to what the future of microcontrollers will be.

    Olimex, could you drop the ‘anti Arduino compatible’ ranting already? What are you trying to accomplish?


  2. Balaji
    Oct 21, 2013 @ 00:19:45

    I second it. We need arduino compatible, atleast just to use the existing shields. Sometimes, we do not care how it was given.

    Nevertheless, it is a good news that you shared. Though these are not physical multicores, but very interesting and useful for fast prototyping.


    • OLIMEX Ltd
      Oct 21, 2013 @ 08:12:29

      most of Arduino shields are 5V 🙂 without the necessary software support they are useless for 99.9% of Arduino community which these guys with the headers target, this is what makes all these “arduino compatible” claims funny, they show the one who made them have no glue what Arduino is and why it works


      • Diderich
        Oct 21, 2013 @ 13:08:23

        As long as there is proper documentation on how to control a component, I’d say it doesn’t matter if software is ready for a particular processor. Having modules that you can just plug into existing headers on a board is still preferable to not having compatible headers. That’s how I understand “Arduino compatible”. It does not include ready to use software.

        Writing software is the developer’s responsibility. What he really needs is proper documentation/specifictions. This is undermined by companies trying to force their half-baked SDKs on customers instead of hardware manuals.

        The 99.9% Arduino community that you describe actually uses the wrong product in my opinion. At least I’d say that naked circuit boards are more raw than what they probably should use. But maybe the product they should use does not yet exist on the market and they’re just using the product that has the software closest to their needs, even if they’d rather prefer not raw circuit boards but small lego bricks with computers in them, if such existed. If Arduino actually targets this kind of people, then it is not a good product at all, because it is nothing more than an ugly circuit board.

      • OLIMEX Ltd
        Oct 21, 2013 @ 13:15:15

        Ugly or not this approach expands the possible users of the boards incredible, there may be some developers who could write everything having just the datasheet but there are x1000 times more people who may use Arduino without to carry what is datasheet and even the real developers who can do everything from scratch prefer to use Arduino and existing libraries instead to waste time to reinvent the wheel
        so this is proven to work, and when one targets this group of people first have to do his homework and understand what they need and to deliver it, not to make something half baked and to name it Arduino compatible 🙂

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