[Arm-netbook] [review] SoC proposal

Vladimir Pantelic vladoman at gmail.com
Thu Feb 9 16:54:38 GMT 2012

lkcl luke wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 9, 2012 at 2:47 PM, Vladimir Pantelic<vladoman at gmail.com>  wrote:
>>  lkcl luke wrote:
>>>>    1) Is there GCC support for this SoC's instruction set,
>>>     yes.
>>>>    including VLIW,
>>>     don't know.  tensilica have a proprietary "pre-processor" compiler
>>>  that turns c and c++ into VLIW-capable c and c++.
>>  hopefully it does a better job than gcc generating arm NEON ... So far
>>  only hand writing NEON works for speed.
>   tensilica wouldn't have sold over 1.5 billion licenses for their RISC
> cores if it didn't do a decent job, eh?

And these 1.5 billion cores are doing what?

>>>     don't know.  tensilica have proprietary software libraries for audio
>>>  and video CODECs already (obviously)
>>  evil, closed, non-free? :)
>   YEAH!  my faaavourite.  well it gets us to market quickly, _and_
> keeps the FSF people happy.

closed source makes the FSF happy? I must have missed some news....

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