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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 

Freescale Semiconductor unveils its next-generation QorIQ Advanced Multiprocessing (AMP) series built on 28nm technology with a new multi-threaded 64bit core, up to 24 virtual cores and acceleration engines designed for optimal performance, power consumption and price.

The QorIQ AMP series is said to deliver up to 4x the performance of Freescale's previous-generation flagship eight-core QorIQ P4080 device. The AMP series will include a broad array of next-generation control and data plane processors scaling from cost-effective, ultra-low-power single-core products, up to highly advanced SoCs targeting the most demanding networking, industrial and military/aerospace applications.

The foundation of Freescale's QorIQ AMP series is the new multi-threaded, 64bit power architecture e6500 core running at up to 2.5GHz.The e6500 incorporates an enhanced version of the proven, high-performance, widely adopted AltiVec vector processing unit. AltiVec technology addresses high-bandwidth data processing and algorithmic-intensive computations, delivering DSP-level performance and other benefits for Freescale customers.

Complementing the programmable e6500 cores is a broad range of highly advanced acceleration engines and co-processing technologies, including enhanced security, pattern matching and compress/decompress engines, as well as Freescale's proven data path acceleration (DPAA) technology.

The AMP series' compression/decompression technology provides 20Gbps of performance, and a new SEC 5.0 crypto accelerator offloads protocol processing, including LTE, IPSec, and SSL, at up to 40Gbps while delivering nearly 140Gbps of raw crypto hardware acceleration for current and emerging wireless and wireline algorithms.

Other new acceleration/offload technologies are incorporated to support regex acceleration, 128bit SIMD data prefetching, in-line parsing and classification, and quality of service functionalities.

The AMP series also incorporates many previous-generation QorIQ breakthroughs including CoreNet interconnect fabric, a cache-coherent memory hierarchy, hardware-based virtualisation for optimal performance and dynamic on-chip debug technology that provides deep visibility into complex software processes.

The AMP series products utilise an advanced power management approach that reduces energy consumption using a variable-mode power switch that allows customers to modulate the power of the cores and other processing units with independence and precision.

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