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SoC eyes next-gen office equipment

Posted: 19 Sep 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Freescale  MPC8533E  PowerQUICC III  multifunction printers  MFP 

Freescale Semiconductor has introduced the highly integrated MPC8533E PowerQUICC III—an SoC designed for high-speed, next-generation hard copy office equipment that promises an outstanding combination of gigahertz performance, on-chip integration and low power consumption.

Dynamic shifts in regulations, performance and functionality requirements are impacting the high-growth colour printing and imaging market. The MPC8533E balances computational and control processing for colour and multifunction printers (MFP) to help deliver fast colour processing, MFP application concurrency and other compute-intensive operations, Freescale said.

Privacy, security features
To improve privacy and security, the MPC8533E implements integrated security hardware acceleration to support the pending IEEE P2600 standard from the Hardcopy Device and System Security Working Group. Regulatory requirements for document security and confidentiality needed in medical, financial and other business offices are helping drive the standard. The P2600 defines requirements for security including authentication, authorisation, privacy, integrity and device management for manufacturers and users of next-generation office equipment.

The fanless operation and low power-consumption design of the MPC8533E benefits equipment manufacturers who support ENERGY STAR, the programme developed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency to encourage energy efficient solutions for businesses and consumers. This programme provides guidelines for energy management to help measure, track and set goals for energy consumption.

Power architecture tech
The MPC8533E processor offers a flexible SoC platform with a large 256Kbyte L2 Cache and an e500v2 core based on Power Architecture technology operating up to 1GHz. Its high speed serial interface supports the high bandwidth PCI Express open standard and Gigabit Ethernet to enhance high-speed media transfer in printing and imaging systems. Several hardware acceleration engines onboard the MPC8533E include double precision floating point, signal processing engine, TCP offload and Freescale's security acceleration engine.

The MPC8533 without encryption and the MPC8533E with encryption are manufactured on Freescale's 90nm process technology and offered in a 783-pin FC-PBGA package. Early samples of the MPC8533 and MPC8533E are planned to be available Q1 2007, and production availability is expected to begin in Q4 2007. Suggested 2007 resale pricing for the 1GHz MPC8533E processor with 400MHz DDR starts at Rs.3,017.92 ($64.79) MSRP in 10,000-unit quantities.

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