EEMBC®, the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium, traces its origins to a “hands-on project” conducted by Markus Levy at EDN Magazine in early 1996. Intended to address the ineffectiveness of Dhrystone MIPS as a tool for evaluating embedded processor performance, Levy’s project set as its goal the creation of a new set of benchmarks that would provide better information to aid in the analysis of microprocessors, microcontrollers, and compilers. After extensive research, the need became apparent for a joint, democratic effort involving the leading suppliers in the embedded industry to make the new benchmarks a reality.