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National ships Geode processors in plastic package

Posted: 12 Jul 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:national semiconductor? geode processor? scx200? sc1200? sc1210?

National Semiconductor Corp. has announced the availability of its SCX200 family of Pentium-class single-chip Geode processors in a 40mm thermally-enhanced PBGA package, which reduces the component and overall system cost for manufacturers.

The SoC incorporates an integrated x86 processor core and all the major system blocks required for a high performance information appliance in a plastic package without an accompanying heatsink.

"The availability of the Geode single-chip processor in a plastic package makes it simpler and cost effective for manufacturers to build end products that are cost-competitive in existing markets and meet stringent price points at the right performance level in emerging markets," said Thomas Rothhaupt, director of marketing for National Semiconductor in Asia.

The Geode SC1200, SC1210, SC2200 and SC3200 single-chip processors are currently sampling in the PBGA package. However, the company says that they will still be offered in EBGA packages.

These processors are supported by the Geode SP4SC31 development platform that enables manufacturers to design with the single-chip processors in PBGA. The development kit includes stereo audio outputs, mono microphone input, two PCI slots, three USB connectors, an LPC slot, touch screen and button card, an 10/100 Ethernet card, and as separate kits, options for battery power and an RF interface.

The Geode processors in PBGA packaging are available in a range of operating speeds and features, averaging $25 to $35, depending on functionality and quantity.

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