Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Parallax Propeller Processor

The Propeller chip makes it easy to rapidly develop embedded applications. Its eight processors (cogs) can operate simultaneously, either independently or cooperatively, sharing common resources through a central hub. The developer has full control over how and when each cog is employed; there is no compiler-driven or operating system-driven splitting of tasks among multiple cogs. A shared system clock keeps each cog on the same time reference, allowing for true deterministic timing and synchronization. Two programming languages are available: the easy-to-learn high-level Spin, and Propeller Assembly which can execute at up to 160 MIPS (20 MIPS per cog).

It is a powerful embedded processor from Parallax Inc, a well known embedded processor "PIC" inventor. With 8 cores, and total about 160MIPS processing power, you can do many amazing projects. You can see the above video involved many image processing!

another amazing project is the ybox2:

Adding an Ethernet chip, now you can access the internet cloud with a microprocessor that's capable of running a TCP/IP stack.
This ybox2 can fetch information like weather, news from the internet and display it on TV which let me think of chumby widget devices.

Project site : ybox2

Processor info: http://www.parallax.com/Default.aspx?tabid=407


David Gabler said...

You can also Jam rf with a prop! :) http://www.instructables.com/id/RF-Jammer/

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