What would you like to see in The Next Chip?

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Re: What would you like to see in The Next Chip? Rust!

Postby chromebin » Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:12 pm

loboris wrote:
Vader_Mester wrote:
woofy! wrote:
Here's an ESP32 die shot. https://s.zeptobars.com/esp32-HD.jpg.
Just for fun, can anyone spot the two CPU's.

Just took a look. Sprite was not joking, holly s! :shock: :o

Maybe a higher density lithography process could be used instead of 40 nm (32, 28, 22 nm) to keep the same die size and have more RAM ...

The die was quite a surprise with the 2 cores (almost in the middle of the 2nd quadrant) taking up so little space (1%)! So instead of more RAM we can more easily have more cores..

I bet RAM usage would be significantly reduced when using the Rust programming language, combined with a run-to-completion scheduler. Such schedulers lead to significantly better code (no races guaranteed), less overhead and a single stack model (which much reduces RAM usage). Rust also brings better language abstractions and better tooling, and easily integrates with legacy C code.

Rust is available for RISC-V, of which Expressif is already a member, so it looks my main request (besides a better ADC) will be realized!!! :D

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Re: What would you like to see in The Next Chip?

Postby ESP_Sprite » Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:59 am

neltnerb: I2S normally doesn't do that, but we extended our implementation of it a bit; we decided having parallel input/output paths could be quite convenient when combined with the DMA and sample rate settings I2S already had.

chromebin: Note that adding more CPUs is somewhat more involved than just copy/paste'ing the cores... if you, for example, don't do some smart tricks with the memory buses, four CPUs will be mostly waiting for the memory to be available and not be much faster than a two-core system. There are other things to consider as well, like cache consistency etc, making life slightly more difficult for a multi-core system.

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Re: What would you like to see in The Next Chip?

Postby hassan789 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:55 pm

Hardware support to enable safe-upgrade of the bootloader. Perhaps something like a small bit of dual-bank flash.

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Re: What would you like to see in The Next Chip?

Postby dave-in-nj » Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:59 pm

I may go against the mainstream.
I would like to see that the platform make a commitment to a split. A micro-controller on one, a SBC the other.
the 32 is closer to a SBC than anything I have seen before in the micro-controller environment

I would like to something between the 8266 and the 32. Micro-controller side.
the 32 is too large and too complicated. I still have not seen anyone answer the question of the difference between Vspi and Hspi....
as you can tell, I am a veriest tyro, but I believe that 99% of the users are too.

I would like 10 or more GPIO on the 8266,
add the ultra low power engine
leave the SPI and I2C as direct, the 10 new pins to be GPIO with ADC
add the RTC

I have a choice, use the 8266 and a port expander/shift register/ADC to get the extra pins I need
use the 32 to get the pins
use an Arduino board to get the GPIO pins. (second board)

as for memory, in the micro-controller world, few people ever need more than the Arduino offers.
in the SBC world, there can never be enough flash.
just add pads. let the user add the chip(s) they want

in the microcontroller world for battery power LOWER the clock speed. the Arduino is at 16, go to 40, stop with the 3 digit speeds. it winds up like the Rpi that over heats, cannot be battery powered and burns out SD cards so cannot be relied upon for more than a toy. An Embedded Rpi is a silly concept. An Embedded Arduino is a solid platform.

In my opinion, the ARDUINO is out-dated. the 20ish I/O pins are great, but no wifi and only 10 bit ADC.
no LAN, no RTC
the 30-pin-8266 could be the next mainstream board for beginners/hobbiests.


second suggestion. the WROOM32 module is fantastic, but it seems that there are so many different dev-boards that I cannot get 2 that are the same. create a form-factor that is factory authorized so the physical dimensions and the pin locations are fixed.
three versions, the dual row compact, the 30 pin I/O and the Aircraft carrier version.

There are those of us who want to create a product using a board that is guaranteed to be made for the next 3-5 years. Like Ubuntu or Apple does. there is always room for people to make their own, but an official layout would be welcome.
I do not think there are any suppliers that can say they will off the same board in 6 months.
There were at least 12 ESP8266 boards, from 8 pins on up. and they were all made by that spec. The ESP-01 is still popular !

#3) add LoRa
#4) add ESP-Fast as a new standard. no need to WiFi between boards. I have projects than need up-ward of 20 boards in a greenhouse. All less than 100 meters, usually less than 20.
monitor soil, turn on valves, have touch screen. all go back to a SBC for data storage and Web portal.
on a farm, you can have a handful in each building and some further out in the fields.

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Re: What would you like to see in The Next Chip?

Postby woofy! » Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:07 am

dave-in-nj wrote:I still have not seen anyone answer the question of the difference between Vspi and Hspi.....


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