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Processor eases Linux-based product development

Posted: 18 Apr 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:processor? Linux? product development tools?

Expanding its Power Architecture technology processors for the embedded industry, Freescale Semiconductor Inc. has introduced a highly integrated dual-core SoC device. The latest member of the company's mobileGT processor family, the MPC5123 device is designed to simplify embedded Linux OS-based product development and reduce power requirements and system cost for industrial and consumer applications.

The MPC5123, a next-generation successor to the popular MPC5200 processor, combines a Power Architecture e300 core scaling to 400MHz with an advanced multimedia coprocessor to deliver exceptional processor performance. Manufactured on 90nm low-power CMOS technology, the MPC5123 device is designed for cost-sensitive applications that require high performance, multimedia capabilities and versatile connectivity options.

The MPC5123 processor is bundled with an affordable Linux OS-based starter kit that's designed to help developers reduce the cost and complexity of their applications. Target applications for the MPC5123 device include factory automation systems, display kiosks, instrumentation, point-of-sale (POS) systems, power metering, medical monitoring and other industrial and scientific applications. In addition, the MPC5123 provides a suitable solution for next-generation automotive telematics and navigation systems.

The MPC5123 processor's high level of integration helps reduce system design costs and enhances flexibility for a variety of general embedded applications. The device's broad set of on-chip peripherals includes 10/100 Ethernet, PCI, SATA, PATA, two USB 2.0 On-The-Go (OTG) modules with an integrated high speed PHY, four CAN modules and 12 programmable serial controllers. An on-chip integrated display controller also provides cost-effective support for LCD-TFT displays. The device's 128Kbyte of on-chip SRAM and numerous embedded memory buffers help ensure balanced system performance and system bus throughput while reducing latency demands.

The MPC5123 processor is supported by a cost-effective starter kit that includes a Linux OS board support package (BSP) optimized for the MPC5123 processor. Freescale's mobileGT Linux software includes fully functional Linux open-source images with source code, an open-source tool chain and design documentation. The software was developed in collaboration with Genesi, a provider of open-source platforms for the 32bit embedded market.

The MPC5123 processor platform is backed by a growing ecosystem of development tool, middleware and RTOS vendors.

Samples of the MPC5123 processor are planned to be available in late Q3 2008. Suggested resale pricing for the MPC5123 in 10,000-unit quantities starts at $20. Development kits bundled with the MPC5123 processor are planned to be available for a suggested resale price of $199.

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