EEMBC® Undertakes Development of Industry-Standard Ultra-Low Power Microcontroller Benchmarks

  EEMBC® Undertakes Development of Industry-Standard Ultra-Low Power
  Microcontroller Benchmarks

Industry Association Working Group Targets Products with Extended Battery Life

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EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. -- January 30, 2013

The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC) today announced its
intent to create a standardized, industry-endorsed method to evaluate the
energy efficiency of ultra-low power (ULP) microcontrollers. To date, the
industry has lacked a common method to test, validate, and compare the
real-world energy consumption of these microcontrollers that target
applications such as portable medical devices, security systems, building
automation, smart metering, and also applications using energy harvesting

EEMBC was formed in 1997 to develop performance benchmarks for the hardware
and software used in embedded systems. EEMBC benchmarks help predict the
performance and energy consumption of embedded processors and systems in a
range of applications (i.e. automotive/industrial, digital imaging and
entertainment, networking, office automation, telecommunications, and
connected devices) and disciplines (processor core functionality,
floating-point, Java, multicore, and energy consumption). The consortium’s
popular CoreMark benchmark was recognized by Jack Ganssle in as
one of the top ten milestones in embedded 2012.

Unlike other EEMBC benchmarks that endeavor to measure the top performance of
processors and systems, the ULP benchmark will focus on measuring the energy
consumed by microcontrollers running various computational workloads over an
extended time period. The benchmarking methodology will allow the
microcontrollers to enter into their idle or sleep modes during the majority
of time when they are not executing code, thereby simulating a real-world
environment where products must support battery life measured in months,
years, and even decades.

Horst Diewald, chief architect of MSP430™ microcontrollers at Texas
Instruments (TI), has accepted the role as chair of the EEMBC ULP working
group. “We have seen a significant need for a well-constructed,
industry-accepted benchmark to equitably evaluate the energy efficiency of
microcontrollers,” commented Mr. Diewald. “Unfortunately, the application
developer cannot rely on datasheet parameters alone to compare total
microcontroller power consumption and select an appropriate microcontroller.
This is the reason I am honored to chair this important working group.”

“EEMBC’s primary goal is to develop fair and unbiased benchmarks for the
embedded industry. In support of this goal, I am very excited that the EEMBC
members are so motivated to develop this much-needed ULP benchmark,” said
EEMBC president Markus Levy. “In the system developer’s interest, we encourage
all relevant companies, including the system manufacturers, microcontroller
vendors, and tool providers, to join us in this effort.”

Initial participation in the EEMBC ULP working group has come from
industry-leading microcontroller vendors such as Analog Devices, ARM, Atmel,
Cypress, Energy Micro, Freescale, Fujitsu, Microchip, Renesas, Silicon Labs,
STMicro, and TI. All companies in the industry are invited to participate in
this working group. Contact Markus Levy to inquire about participation and
membership in EEMBC. Preliminary details of the EEMBC ULP benchmark will be
revealed on February 27, 2013, during the Ultra-low Power System Design
Workshop at the Embedded World Conference in Nuremberg, Germany.


EEMBC, the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium, develops
industry-standard benchmarks to test embedded processors and systems such as
smart phones and network firewall appliances. EEMBC’s benchmark development
work is supported by yearly member dues and license fees.

EEMBC, CoreMark, and BrowsingBench are registered trademarks of the Embedded
Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium. All other trademarks appearing herein are
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