Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 8th Apr 2006 18:38 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems As expected processor licensor ARM Holdings and Handshake Solutions NV, a Royal Philips Electronics subsidiary, have developed an asynchronous processor based on the ARM9 core. The ARM996HS is thought to be the first commercial clockless processor and is being described as particular suited to use as an automotive microcontroller. Because clockless processors consume zero dynamic power when there is no activity, they can significantly extend battery life compared with clocked equivalents.
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somewhat dubious
by ZaNkY on Sat 8th Apr 2006 20:20 UTC
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Sounds interesting, But how would it compare (performance wise) to a clocked processor?

I feel a little dubious at this technology. Sure it will save lots of power, but there's never really a time that a CPU is completely idle. Sure this is being used for an automotive microcontroller, but I'm sure that It'll *try* to make it into the PC market. I guess we'll have to wait and see the progress of the tech.


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