The OMI/DE-ARM Project

The OMI/DE ARM (The Open Microprocessor systems Initiative - Deeply Embedded ARM project - ESPRIT project 6909) is concerned with utilising the ARM microprocessor core in highly embedded applications. It is perceived that the ARM - being extremely small and having low power consumption for its delivered performance - is an extremely suitable candidate for such roles. In such deeply embedded applications the product's user does not need to be aware that it contains a microprocessor, and that many of the product's functions are, in fact, operating under software control.

The AMULET group at Manchester University is an active participant in this project. Our chief role is the design of the AMULET2e microprocessor. This is a refinement of the AMULET1 asynchronous implementation of the ARM architecture. The AMULET2e comprises an improved asynchronous ARM core (AMULET2) embedded in a more general purpose device which provides a cache, some memory management and an easy-to-use bus interface.

OMI/DE-ARM Participants

ARM (Advanced RISC Machines) Ltd.
ARM are a UK based silicon design house specialising in microprocessors and their support ICs.
ARM is the coordinating partner in this project.

Elettronica S.p.A.
The leader of an Italian group with interests in telemonitoring, space and communications.

GEC Plessey Semiconductors (GPS)
A major British semiconductor manufacturer.

A German electronics firm, primarily concerned with the manufacture of mobile communications systems.

Hannover University
Institut fur Theoretische Elektrotechnik

An Italian musical instrument research establishment.

Manchester University
The AMULET group.

UMIST (University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology)
An educational establishment; separate and independent from Manchester University.
Department of Computation