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1GHz processor delivers up to 2,000 DMIPS

Posted: 23 Apr 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:processor? network-attached storage? NAS? digital home?

APM 821xx processor

Applied Micro Circuits Corp. has launched the APM 821xx processor, a single-core device that deliver high performance, high integration and energy efficiency for multi-function storage applications and media servers for the connected digital home. The processor enables new levels of performance for network-attached storage (NAS) systems and media servers at reduced cost and reduced power consumption.

The APM 821xx processor offers up to 1GHz CPU speeds capable of delivering up to 2,000 DMIPS of compute performance to enable storage platforms that can deliver more than 16 simultaneous streams of high definition video for home networking applications.

"System providers in the NAS and media server space want high performance for their platforms, but they also want an optimized BOM to reach price points that consumers find compelling," said Gopi Sirineni, VP of SMB and consumer business for AppliedMicro. "AppliedMicro's APM821xx family is ideal for this market because it can deliver outstanding networked storage performance with additional floating point acceleration for these cost-sensitive applications. End-users in the NAS market want new features, such as dynamic media archiving and retrieval, security and scalability and the APM821xx family delivers them with energy efficiency."

A high-degree of integration on the device, including a TCP/IP offload engine for networking applications and on-chip RAID 5 acceleration, reduces system part counts and board space for developers and helps them meet BOM goals. The APM821xx family also features a 128bit high-bandwidth bus architecture with integrated PCIe, serial ATA, Gigabit Ethernet and USB 2.0 on-the-go interfaces. Power dissipation is typically less than 3.5W in operational settings and less than 0.6W in standby situations. The chip is based on a Power Architecture 464 processor core with 256Kbyte Level 2 cache, FPU, 16- or 32bit DDR-2 SDRAM memory controller, integrated turbo security engine and NAND flash controller.

AppliedMicro enables a comprehensive ecosystem of tools and software support designed to help customers to accelerate time to market and lower development costs. The range of solutions for the APM821xx family includes evaluation kits, validation boards, and comprehensive NAS reference designs. Third party support for development tools is available from sources such as Abatron, WindRiver, Lauterbauch and Green Hills.

Samples of the APM821xx are available and production quantities are expected in Q2. Packaging is in a ROHS-compliant, 18mm x 18mm, 345-ball FBGA. Limited sample quantities of the APM821xx family are available at less than $20 for quantities of 10,000-pieces.

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