EL DORADO HILLS, Calif., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC) today launched OABench(TM) 2.0, a second-generation, significantly enhanced office-automation benchmark suite that gives users the ability to approximate the performance of embedded microprocessors in printers, plotters, and other systems that handle text and image processing tasks. The OABench 2.0 suite consists of five benchmarks, each with its own datasets, including entirely new Bezier and Ghostscript tests. The new Ghostscript benchmark provides an indication of the potential performance of an embedded processor running a PostScript printer engine. Performance is measured using nine input files reflecting different aspects of PostScript language processing, as well as six output drivers reflecting the different types of processing found in common printer engines. The new Bezier benchmark interpolates a set of points defined by the four points of a Bezier curve and stresses the ability of embedded microprocessors to perform division, multiplication, and scalar processing tasks. In addition to these new benchmarks, OABench 2.0 introduces enhanced dithering, image rotation, and text parsing benchmarks with new datasets; a cyclical redundancy checksum (CRC) feature for self-checking; as well as the ability to view processed output files. "OABench is a popular benchmark suite, not only because it reflects the workloads that processors encounter in office automation equipment, but also because its tests have applicability to any type of application in which text and images are processed," said Markus Levy, EEMBC president. "Furthermore, even if you're not working on a printer or image processing application, the workload provided by OABench 2.0 will stress processors at all levels." OABench 2.0 is available to companies that become members of EEMBC and also by license to commercial and academic users. Pricing for a single-user commercial license is $2,500. Further information is available at www.eembc.org. About EEMBC EEMBC, the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium, develops and certifies real-world benchmarks and benchmark scores to help designers select the right embedded processors for their systems. Every processor submitted for EEMBC benchmarking is tested for parameters representing different workloads and capabilities in communications, networking, consumer, office automation, automotive/industrial, embedded Java, and network storage-related applications. With members including leading semiconductor, intellectual property, and compiler companies, EEMBC establishes benchmark standards and provides certified benchmarking results through the EEMBC Technical Center. EEMBC's members include Adaptec, Altera, AMD, Analog Devices, ARC International, ARM, Artifex Software, Broadcom, Cavium Networks, CEVA, Code Sourcery, Cypress Semiconductor, esmertec, Faraday, Freescale Semiconductor, Fujitsu Microelectronics, Green Hills Software, IAR Systems AB, IBM, Imagination Technologies, Improv Systems, Infineon Technologies, Intel, LSI Logic, Marvell Semiconductor, Matsushita Electric Industrial, Mentor Graphics, Microchip Technology, MIPS Technologies, National Instruments, NEC Electronics, Netcleus Systems, Nokia, NXP Semiconductors, Oki Electric Industry Co, PA Semi, Qualcomm, Realtek Semiconductor, Red Hat, Renesas Technology, Sony Computer Entertainment, ST Microelectronics, Sun Microsystems, Tensilica, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, VIA Technologies, and Wind River Systems. OABench is a trademark and EEMBC is a registered trademark of the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium. All other trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.