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Processor uses only 3.75W at GHz operation

Posted: 22 Feb 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:processor? PCIe? PCI Express? Freescale? PowerQUICC III?

Freescale's MPC8544E communications processor

Freescale Semiconductor's has unveiled the newest members of its PowerQUICC III communications processor family. The MPC8544E is designed to address growing demand for advanced interconnect technologies and low power consumption in high-performance applications. It incorporates SGMII interfaces and three multilane PCIe ports.

Low power consumption
The MPC8544E is said to be one of the industry's lowest power-consumption SoCs to deliver gigabit performance. Consuming 3.75W typical core power at gigahertz operation, the device reduces the challenges of thermal management in fanless embedded applications.

"Today's performance-driven embedded applications are constricted by the competing requirements of extensive computation, high data throughput and ever-decreasing power budgets," said Jeff Timbs, marketing director for Freescale's digital systems division. "The MPC8544E eases this dilemma and enables the creation of highly advanced equipment for a broad spectrum of applications."

The MPC8544E is a highly flexible processor configurable for a wide range of applications that demand high general-purpose processing performance. It is well suited for network routers, industrial controllers, imaging systems, enterprise wireless access points and video surveillance/conferencing equipment.

Power Architecture
The MPC8544E processor offers a flexible SoC platform with an e500v2 core based on Power Architecture technology and a 256Kbyte L2 Cache. The device provides a wide range of high-speed connectivity including two integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet controllers with SGMII interfaces and three PCIe ports. Hardware acceleration engines onboard the MPC8544E include Double Precision, Floating Point, Signal Processing Engine, TCP Offload and Freescale's Security Acceleration Engine. It operates in extended industrial temperature ranges from -40C to 105C.

The MPC8544 without encryption and the MPC8544E with encryption are manufactured on Freescale's 90nm process technology and offered in a 783-pin PBGA package. Early samples of the MPC8544 and MPC8544E are planned to be available Q2 2007, and production availability is expected to begin Q4 2007. Suggested 2007 resale pricing for the 1GHz MPC8544E processor starts at $70 in 10,000-unit quantities.

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