We haven’t talked much (at all?) about heterogeneous multiprocessing issues here in the ARM TechCon blog, so let’s remedy that by shining today’s “Session Spotlight” on one of the more interesting sessions at ARM TechCon 2014, which will look at Cortex-A and Cortex-M heterogeneous multiprocessing.

In the session “Using an ARM Cortex-A and Cortex-M Series Heterogeneous Multiprocessing Approach,” which takes place Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 4:00 to 4:50, Freescale technical product manager Amanda McGregor will discuss how you can best take advantage of a multiprocessing approach while also still conserving power. As she says, embedded devices traditionally need greater and greater levels of system responsiveness to accommodate the complexities of the multiprocessor design. That means an increased need for multiple execution environments, which puts a further drain on resource and power allocations for the SoC. So, in this session, McGregor will provide an introduction to heterogeneous multiprocessing, specifically using ARM Cortex-A and Cortex-M series. She’ll demonstrate the efficiency of response, system-level integrity, and low-power benefits of a heterogeneous multiprocessing architecture using a single-chip Cortex-A and Cortex-M series architectural approach, and the architectural challenges that can be solved during chip-level implementation.

If you’re interested in attending this session, or any other at ARM TechCon 2014, be sure to register here, and keep an eye out for great deals on a variety of access levels.