[Oberon] RE: LittleChips / ARM 920T

Chris Glur easlab at absamail.co.za
Thu Apr 5 09:49:05 MEST 2007

 > Aubrey.McIntosh at Alumni.UTexas.Net wrote:
> > 
> > I read this list in google mail, and relevant advertisements 
> > show on the sidebar.  One ad displayed with this email caught 
> > my attention.
> > http://www.littlechips.com/products.htm
> > 
> > Does any flavor of Oberon compile to the ARM 920T as 
> > supported on this board?
> > 
> > http://www.digchip.com/datasheets/parts/datasheet/
> > 561/ARM920T.php

Chris Burrows wrote:
> "The ARM920T processor is 100% user code binary compatible 
> with ARM7TDMI, and backwards compatible with the ARM7 
> ThumbR Family and the StrongARM processor families" 
> so a good starting point would be Oberon-SA.

I never found a contact to anybody who knows personally
[by use] of Oberon-for-ARM.

I read that Wirth's ARM-based helicoper project, which I thought
was just a hobby thing, won 2nd prize, [against MIT] with substantial
'other than software engineering' input from ETHZ.

IMO remote flying vehicles are the new cutting-edge military technology.
H-bombs are no good against terrorists.

IMO the time for low-power/portable computers and hence also Oberon
has arrived. It seems that ARM leads the way.  Although Analog Devices'
Blackfin Uprocessor looks interesting too ?

Some years back Wojtek Skulski who used to contribute to this forum
was promoting an oberon compiler [by someone else from ETH] for
an Analog Devices Uprocessor.
Recently I stumbled on a group [but I've lost the URLs now] who
are making an oberon compiler for the Blackfin.

And the pAste below traces my recent attempt to get info re.
low-power CPU's which would run oberon:--
>> I assume you have knowledge of Analog Devices blackfin processors,
> > which apparently have a clinux port.
> >
> > I'm interested in a minimum powered linux system, and Analog Devices
> >   http://www.analog.com/processors    says:
> > " ADSP-21xx Processors, are code- and pin-compatible families of Digital
> >  Signal  Processors  with  performance up to 160MHz and power as low as
> >   184 micro-amps. "
> > which looks very impressive.
> >
> > Also I'd like to be able to test some DSP algorithms.
> > But attempt at finding/joining a/the mailing list came to nothing.
> >
> > Is this Analog Devices product range still supported ?
> > How well does it handle clinux ?
 Micahel.Kang blackfin.k... at gmail.com wrote:
> I just know in blackfin.uclinux.org website, processor including
> bf533,bf537,bf561 can run uClinux. I am not vary familiar with the
> whole family of Analog processor. I recommend you can consolt some
> sales or FAE of Analog Decice INC.

PS. Re. portable CPUs, OLPC seems not to be reaching it's target,
since there's talk about it being manufactured in Nigeria,
where they can't even refine their own petroleum.

Here too in S. Africa: "give us local production contracts,
where we can have extra opportunities for skimming for
ourselves and our cronies, and we will give you the goverment
contract", is old hat.

== Chris Glur.

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