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Intel readies Tolapai processor for industrial apps, report says

Posted: 12 Feb 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Intel? processor? Tolapai? 65nm? industrial apps?

Intel Corp. is planning to provide a 65nm processor for industrial applications called Tolapai, later in 2007, according to a website that appears to be operated by Lam Kam Tong Production Co. Ltd.

A reference board for Tolapai is set to become available in the second quarter and the final product is due to ship in late 2007, according to the article at www.hkepc.com.

The article references "friends in the industrial market" as its source and includes a set of slides. According to the article the Tolapai processor is intended for use in embedded systems and the industrial computer market and is being introduced to compete with the C7 and Geode processors from Via Technologies Inc. and Advance Micro Devices Inc. respectively.

The Tolapai processor is based on Pentium M processor with clock frequency speed grades of 600MHz, 1.06GHz and 1.2GHz, the report said. The processor is expected to support DDR2 memory interface operating at data transfer clock rates of between 400- and 800MHz to up to 2Gbytes of off-chip memory. The power consumption is estimated at between 13- and 22W.

The processor has 256Kbytes of on-chip cache, according to one slide. It is not clear from the information whether Tolapai is a new processor or an established processor that is in the process of being recharacterized, and/or repackaged, for industrial applications and an industrial temperature range. Operating system support includes Linux, Windows Embedded XP and FreeBSD one of the slides said.

The processor will offer optional hardware support for encryption and decryption including coverage of such standards as AES, 3DES, RC4, MD5, SHA-1, SHA-224-256-384-512, HMAC, ESA and DSA up to 1.6Gbps, the report said. The processor could be suitable for IP telephony, the report concluded.

- Richard Goering
EE Times




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