Software-defined protocol sequencer tackles interface issues

Software-defined protocol sequencer tackles interface issues

One of the exciting products that we showcased at our recent Innovation Day media event in Amsterdam was the Serial GPIO, a software-defined protocol sequencer.  The Serial GPIO solves a common problem caused by the wide variety of peripherals available on the market that use non-standard serial interfaces. Not only do these interfaces fail to support applications such as LCD drivers and audio code, but the desired number of standard serial interfaces is not always available in existing products.

In the standard market solution, application designers have to write CPU intensive loops to create the required bit streams, limiting speed and ultimately reducing flexibility. This is where NXP’s solution comes in. The software-defined protocol sequencer introduces flexibility and saves on silicon, while offering the standard GPIO functionality that enhances features to accelerate serial stream processing. Ultimately, this allows software implementation of protocols including I2C, SPI, UART, I2S and LCD controller.

The demo shown at the Innovation Day highlighted a software-defined camera interface capturing video onto an LCD screen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuXLnzCefG0&list=PLPtvbG7RC0TguWSxDQ3E5wYf8CQOO1Lqw&index=3

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René Jansen
René Jansen
At NXP Semiconductors my specialization is communications for Research & Development. In that role I help the R&D management with developing communication strategies and key messaging. I also execute all kinds of communication activities, to all our target audiences: Press, customers, partners, government representatives and many other external parties. But also our own employees form an important target group. Media used are presentations/demos, internet & intranet, social media, newsletters, gatherings and events, brochures, direct mailings, video, surveys etcetera. My technical background as an engineer and technical manager allows me to easily relate to the content, as well as to the engineering world and its people. Expanding my scope from engineering to communications, about ten years ago, allowed me to develop competencies in creativity, in tailored message development, in copy-writing and event management, as well as in high level networking. Working directly for NXP’s Chief Technology Officer and his management team, I operate at the heart of the R&D organization, close to strategy development and decision making. As one of Europe's top chip manufacturers, NXP is an extremely dynamic company. Business challenges can change overnight: never a dull moment!

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