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Freescale intros advanced PowerQUICC III processors

Posted: 18 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Freescale Semiconductor? MPC8568E? MPC8567E? PowerQUICC III? CPU core?

Freescale's PowerQUICC III processor

Freescale Semiconductor Inc. has introduced an advanced PowerQUICC III processor family that enables broadband access OEMs to integrate control and data path functions onto a single semiconductor device. Compatible with previous generation PowerQUICC devices, the MPC8568E and MPC8567E processors offer a Gigahertz CPU core, flexible QUICC Engine technology and high-speed system interfaces for multiprotocol interworking.

Broadband capability
The new devices are designed to address increasing performance requirements for broadband access technology and enable the creation of highly advanced equipment, including 3G/WiMAX/LTE basestations, RNCs, gateways and ATM/TDM/IP solutions. A high-performance e500 core built on Power Architecture technology works together with 512KB Level 2 cache to operate up to 1.33GHz and deliver more than 3,000dMIPS.

The processors feature high-speed interfaces including Gbit Ethernet, PCIe and Serial RapidIO interconnect technology to enable high-speed links to industry-wide switches, FPGAs, ASICs and DSPs.

The MPC8568E and MPC8567E devices are the first PowerQUICC III processor products to incorporate QUICC Engine technology, a programmable SoC function block that accelerates communications protocols such as ATM, POS, Ethernet, PPP, HDLC and TDM. QUICC Engine technology enhances overall system performance by offloading multiprotocol processing and interworking from the Power Architecture processing core, which is freed to address higher-level software tasks. It delivers the packet throughput, autonomous multiprotocol interworking, high channel density and software compatibility that equipment manufacturers need to develop advanced yet economical solutions for converged packet networks.

Security engine
A security engine integrated into both of the devices accelerates a wide range of algorithms and modes, such as DES/3DES, AES, ARC-4, Kasumi, MD5, SHA1/2, RSA and Elliptic Curve. It enables the PowerQUICC III processors to offer up to 1Gbps throughput for widely used commercial security protocols, such as IPSec, SSL/TLS and 3GPP.

Robust enablement support is available to increase reuse, simplify development and speed time-to-market. The devices ship with standard microcodes, providing industry-proven firmware for existing protocols and downloadable RAM microcode packages that provide support for new functionality or protocols. These microcode offerings help protect existing system investments and enable customization via Freescale's Open QUICC Engine technology developer program.

Initial samples of the MPC8568E and MPC8567E processors with QUICC Engine technology are planned for Q1 2007. Pricing starts at $100.80 for quantities for 10,000.

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