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Reference platform based on Freescale processor

Posted: 04 Nov 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:multi-core architecture  dual radio module  Bluetooth 

GDA Technologies, Inc. has introduced the Bali Reference Board equipped with Freescale's MPC5121e processor. With 32 KB instruction cache and 32 KB data cache, a double-precision FPU, and instruction and data MMU, the MPC5121e is a powerful processor designed for automotive, industrial, and multi-market applications. Based on the scalable e300 Power Architecture processor core, the MPC5121e is designed to run at 400MHz and 760 MIPS.

The processor includes the MBX Lite 2D/3D graphics engine that supports the 3D texturing and includes PowerVR geometry processing acceleration. The PowerVR MBX Lite's unique tile-based rendering architecture provides powerful, efficient performance and is implemented with a 128-bit interface to optimise byte transfers on the memory interface. The multi-core architecture of the processor provides a perfect balance between low operating power consumption and high performance.

The Bali Reference Board represents a complete system for the development community. In addition to the MPC5121e host CPU, its feature set includes 512MB DDR-II SDRAM memory at 400MHz, up to 128 MB NOR Flash Memory (for boot flash image), up to 2GB of NAND Flash Memory (with boot compatibility), 80 GB 1.8" HDD with PATA interface, 1024 x 600 TFT LCD module with LVDS input, Realtek RTL8201 10/100BT PHY, two high speed USB 2.0 OTG Ports, 802.11 B/G and Blue tooth wireless module, AC'97 audio codec with built in touch screen support , I2C based EEPROM for configuration and temperature sensor (optional), and I2C based RTC for clock/calendar function.

The Bali Reference Board also includes a dual radio module conforming to IEEE 802.11b/g wireless LAN and Bluetooth version 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate. The feature set for WLAN includes IEEE 802.11i security, Quality of Service (QoS) traffic prioritisation for VoIP and multimedia applications, and ultra low power sleep mode.

The feature set for Bluetooth includes v2.0 with EDR for high throughput along with real-time data profiles for audio packets. An internal Bluetooth signalling interface along with AFH is utilised for enhanced co-existence for the two radios sharing the same 2.4 GHz spectrum. Linux Board Support Package for the kit includes Uboot, support for booting from IDE drives and Debian installer.

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