By Mark Hermeling
So, let's assume that you are currently on a single-core board and you would like to explore the possibilities of delivering a next generation device using multi-core technologies. There are a lot of different ways to approach this. The most elaborate involve doing an architecture study into ways in which you could evolve your current device architecture. This study would need to be approached from both a technical, as well as a business level.
The funny thing with software is that 'virtually' anything is possible, but the trick is to find approaches that are not only technically possible, but that provide business benefits, usually in a short time-frame. Part of the equation is the amount of work required to build this next generation of device.