Energy Micro to Participate in EEMBC Ultra-Low Power Microcontroller Benchmark Development

Jan 30, 2013, 05:00 ET from Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC)

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif., Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC) today announced that Energy Micro, a leader in energy-friendly microcontrollers and RF transceivers based on the ARM® Cortex™ processor core, has joined the consortium's working group that is developing a benchmark targeting ultra-low power microcontrollers. This working group is a subset of the EEMBC Automotive/Industrial subcommittee, which is also developing benchmarks that target low-power automotive applications. Energy Micro's membership in EEMBC will allow the company to utilize these benchmarks, as well as EEMBC CoreMark®, to validate and publicize the performance of its EFM32 microcontrollers.

EEMBC was formed in 1997 to develop meaningful performance benchmarks for the hardware and software used in embedded systems. EEMBC benchmarks help ensure predictable performance of embedded processors and systems in a range of applications and disciplines. In addition to the benchmarks currently in development, the Automotive/Industrial subcommittee supports the industry-standard benchmark suite called AutoBench, currently in use within thousands of companies and universities worldwide.

"With Energy Micro's heritage in ultra-low energy microcontrollers, the company will be a valuable asset to our ultra-low power benchmark working group," said Markus Levy, EEMBC President. "Energy Micro will help us solve the challenges of developing an unbiased, industry-standard benchmark that examines measurable functions including wake-up time, autonomous peripheral operation, and the various low-power modes."

"We are very enthused to be participating in the development of this much needed benchmark standard. Currently, most vendors use a variety of benchmarks and workloads to establish their metrics, making it impossible to reliably and consistently compare microcontroller solutions," said Oyvind Grotmol, Energy Micro's VP of Simplicity and in charge of the development of the growing range of easy-to-use software and hardware tools from Energy Micro. "Our customers will value the outcome of this effort and aid in their abilities to create applications that strive to achieve years and decades of battery life."

EEMBC, the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium, is a non-profit organization that develops industry-standard benchmarks to test embedded processors and systems such as smart phones and network firewall appliances. EEMBC's benchmark development work is supported by yearly member dues and license fees. Further information is available at

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About Energy Micro
Energy Micro is a global provider of energy friendly microcontrollers and RF transceivers based on the ARM® Cortex™ processor core. Consuming a quarter of the energy of competing products, the company's ultra low power EFM32 Gecko MCUs and EFR4 Draco radios target energy sensitive applications, including smart metering, building automation, security systems portable health and fitness equipment and smart accessories. The products are supported by Energy Micro's Simplicity Studio, the easy-to-use software console that helps to reduce embedded system development times by a half. Further information is available at

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