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Very Low Cost, Limited Functionality, Development Module

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000028021D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Apr-19
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-19
Document File: 3 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Ned Reinhold: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This document discusses the possibility of a Multi-Chip Module (MCM) development platform for integrated microprocessor and control circuits that utilize all of the built in features for loop-back testing of communication signals, protocols, and memory controller functions without the increased cost and complexity of magnetic and physical layer (PHY) devices that are usually added to an all encompassing development platform.

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Document Title

Very Low Cost, Limited Functionality, Development Module

Authors’ Names

Ned Reinhold, Patrick Billings, Paul Chang, Feras Hamdan

Abstract

This document discusses the possibility of a Multi-Chip Module (MCM) development platform for integrated microprocessor and control circuits that utilize all of the built in features for loop-back testing of communication signals, protocols, and memory controller functions without the increased cost and complexity of magnetic and physical layer (PHY) devices that are usually added to an all encompassing development platform.

The Development Module, an MCM, would have a very small footprint with absolute minimum support circuitry. Software could be developed without the large monetary investment in a “full blown” development platform. Ideally, the MCM could be mounted on the customer’s board for prototyping or full production release. The MCM would also be ideal to use in educational institutions to help further solidify the integrated microprocessor and control circuits manufacturer’s position as a leader in the embedded systems market by reaching future engineers who will design future products.

This very low cost substitution for the current Application Development System (ADS) board would allow customers to assess the suitability of silicon solutions for their products. Also, it would allow for the opportunity to give potential customers more than data sheets and User's Manuals when they inquire about our solutions.

Body

A development platform for a microprocessor can cost over $3000, which dissuades cost conscious customers from considering the microprocessor offering. Because of the high cost, customers are reluctant to invest. Also, smaller customers who purchase from distributors don't typically have the capital to invest in such an expensive board. Distributors also are reluctant to stock many ADS boards for customers to borro...