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Processor tailored for 1W video-enabled apps

Posted: 19 May 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:processor? Wi-Fi? network? co-processor?

APM801xx processor

Applied Micro Circuits Corp. has developed the APM801xx family of energy-efficient embedded processors providing said to offer the smallest form factor for a Power Architecture-based product.

The APM801xx product family supports high performance and a broad selection of peripherals for range of consumer devices from gateways, control panels and energy meters to network attached storage systems, consumer Wi-Fi access points, residential gateways, and connected displays.

Each of the SoC devices in the APM801xx family is designed to deliver server-class processing performance for consumer embedded systems that require less than 1W of operating power and low BOM cost. Dramatic increases in volume for user-generated content such as photos, music and video require large amounts of storage space and networking performance. Additionally, DTVs and displays require direct Internet connections for IP content download and streaming of HD video. End-users and manufacturers for newly enabled Over-the-Top features such as Hulu, YouTube, or Netflix are sensitive to ease-of-use issues. AppliedMicro's APM801xx family is designed to deliver the performance that enables these new applications. In connected displays for example, the APM801xx family serves as network co-processor to a video processing subsystem for Internet downloads.

"We're starting to see the drive toward energy-efficient electronic systems come in the form of government mandates and corporate initiatives but the need for high-performance in a range of consumer applications continues to increase as volumes of digital content being created and accessed by a growing array of convergence devices continues to rise," said Gopi Sirineni, VP of AppliedMicro's consumer and SMB business Unit. "AppliedMicro's APM801xx processor family provides best-in-class energy consumption without sacrificing performance for these applications. The power envelope of the APM801xx processor is second-to-none in its class and it allows embedded developers to start their migration toward full-featured, low-cost systems."

The AppliedMicro APM801xx family supports CPU frequencies up to 800MHz. High-speed interchip and networking connectivity is key to the SoC's delivery of high performance at low power dissipation and each family member is enabled with a number of high-speed interfaces such as PCIe, serial ATA, Gigabit Ethernet, SDIO, TDM and USB 2.0. The high integration and small footprint of the device helps drives minimal bill-of-material costs for embedded platforms. Estimated performance is 1,216 Dhrystone MIPS and typical power consumption is ~1W in active mode and 0.3W in standby mode.

The AppliedMicro APM801xx family will come in three variants: 801xx-400, the 801xx-600, and 801xx-800 and will be available in two different packages in 10mm x 10mm BGA and 14mm x 14mm BGA. Samples of the processor are expected in June and full production quantities are scheduled for Q3. Pricing is under $10 for 10,000-unit quantities.

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