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Freescale designs low-cost processor for SOHO apps

Posted: 20 Nov 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Freescale Semiconductor  processor  digital media servers  industrial control applications; MPC8313E 

Freescale Semiconductor Inc. has launched its low-cost processor for digital media servers deployed in small-office/home-office (SOHO), IP services and industrial control applications.

The advanced processor, code named MPC8313E PowerQUICC II, has been designed, developed and validated at the US-based firm's Indian chip design centre in Noida.

"The integrated device, bundled with Gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0 high speed interconnect and advanced power management, makes a suitable platform for a host of consumer applications, including residential gateways, digital media servers, network access storage (NAS) devices and printers," Freescale product marketing head Sunil S Kaul told reporters.

To be shipped to OEMs and application developers from the second quarter of 2007 at Rs.682.80 ($15) for 10,000 chips, this processor comes with integrated security for piracy protection, quality service and user-friendly features.

"The cost-effective device enables deployment of high-speed peripherals at an affordable price point and provides a 32-bit double data rate memory controller, a 32-bit peripheral component interconnect controller, a 16-bit local bus and four direct memory access channels," Kaul said at the product's worldwide launch held on the sidelines of Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) annual event.

Configured with the company's e300 (MPC603E based) core, the processor runs at a speeds up to 333MHz and delivers up to 700 MIPS for deploying feature-rich applications and peripherals.

The product also facilitates Freescale partners and third-party vendors to ensure time-to-market delivery through extensive reuse of code, integration of key peripherals, with reference designs, development tools and application software support.

"The processor also supports applications such as line card controller, broadband router, intelligent NIC, integrated access devices and 802.11 wireless LAN access points," Freescale digital systems division director Ravinder Jagannath pointed out.

For applications such as time-sensitive telecom services, industrial network switches, power line networks and test/measurement devices, the processor provides integrated IEEE 1588 time synchronisation. In addition, the device provides more CPU performance, additional functionality and faster interfaces to meet real estate requirements with huge storage capacity.

According to Freescale India director Ganesh Guruswamy, rapid growth of personal and premium content has necessitated deployment of interactive multimedia services at homes. "India will be one of the major markets for this device, thanks to the increasing penetration of broadband in the SOHO segment for high-speed connectivity and inter-operability. With about four crore broadband subscribers across the country till date in the home segment, and demand for WiFi and WiMax picking up, we see a great potential for the product in digital homes where triple play (voice, data and video) will be a hot pursuit," Guruswamy said.

In addition, the product can be used for security, lighting, climate control and a host of inter-operable services. In the entertainment segment, it opens up plethora of opportunities to facilitate online gaming, video streaming, music downloads from iPod or iTunes.

The device adheres to the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) standard, which enables consumers to manage, view, print and share digital content across multiple devices within the home. It supports the IEEE 1588 timing protocol, for industrial control and test and measurement applications. It meets exacting power regulations and supports ACPI standards. Power management features include sleep mode, smart wakeup (when a packet is transmitted), and low standby power at less than 300mW.

The company has started shipping the processor to its customers worldwide to sample and develop applications on it to roll out the end-product by mid-2007. It has been made available to OEMs in a 516-pin PBGA (plastic) package for manufacturing on Freescale's 90nm process technology.

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