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Embedded communications processor offers 64bit core

Posted: 29 Jun 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:64bit core  communication processor  network 

The AMP series consists of three levels of products within a scalable portfolio, initially spanning from ultra-high-performance processors featuring 24 virtual cores down to single-core products.

Control plane processors (service provider routers, storage networks) feature up to 6 cores running at up to 2.5GHz greater than 6MB L2 cache.

High-end data plane processors (routers, switches, access gateways, mil/aero applications) feature up to 24 virtual cores running at up to 2GHz, 50Gbps IP forwarding capability and advanced application acceleration.

Low-end data plane processors (media gateways, network attached storage, integrated services router) feature up to 8 virtual cores running up to 1.6GHz, advanced application acceleration and less than 10W power.

Freescale's first product in the QorIQ AMP series, the T4240 device, integrates a host of hardware accelerators with 12 dual-threaded e6500 cores, providing 24 threads to address high-end data plane processing applications. Dual-threaded efficiency, improved DMIPs per thread and higher frequency deliver 4x performance gain and more than 2x power efficiency gain over the previous-generation QorIQ P4080 device. Advanced capabilities allow for intelligent sharing and duplication of resources between threads and a larger amount of on-die cache per core. Application examples for the T4240 device include metro carrier edge routers, access gateways and aerospace/defence products.

Freescale will provide more details regarding the T4240 product later this year. The device is planned for initial availability in early 2012.

The AMP series is software-compatible with the PowerQUICC and QorIQ product families and has extensive development support including the CodeWarrior development suite and a rich third-party ecosystem for operating systems, tools and application software. Development tools for the AMP series are planned for availability starting Q1 2012.

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