Freescale Unveils PowerPC Roadmap

Freescale Seminconductor announces a roadmap for PowerPC processor cores for its system-on-chip platforms; launches SemiCustom operation

April 28, 2004

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DALLAS -- Underscoring its longstanding commitment to the PowerPC instruction set architecture, Freescale Semiconductor, a wholly owned subsidiary of Motorola Inc. (NYSE:MOT), today announced a roadmap for next-generation PowerPC® processor cores designed to provide the processing intelligence for Freescale’s system-on-chip (SoC) platforms. These SoC platforms encompass both standard and semicustom IC products that deliver scalable performance, connectivity and integration for the networking, communications and pervasive computing markets.

During a keynote speech at the Smart Networks Developer Forum (SNDF), Freescale Semiconductor executives revealed roadmap details of the company’s newly announced e300, e600 and e700 PowerPC cores, which complement the existing high-performance e500 core used in the PowerQUICC™ III communications processor family. These enhanced PowerPC cores are designed to offer a continuum of performance to address a wide range of applications, such as wireless infrastructure, next-generation DSLAMs, network storage, enterprise routing and switching, printing and imaging, telecom switching, and customer premises equipment.

Leveraging its advanced chip-level integration capabilities, Freescale Semiconductor offers SoC platforms that combine the company’s enhanced PowerPC cores with its broad technology portfolio. Freescale’s e300, e500, e600 and e700 SoC platforms are engineered to deliver scalable performance, from low to high, to meet a wide spectrum of processing and I/O requirements.

In a separate release:

DALLAS –– In an initiative to help customers get to market faster, Freescale Semiconductor, a wholly owned subsidiary of Motorola Inc. (NYSE:MOT), has launched a SemiCustom operation that provides application- and customer-specific silicon solutions for the networking, communications and pervasive computing markets.

Freescale Semiconductor has established the operation to offer customers the benefits of scalable performance, fast time to market, and cost-effective silicon solutions through a flexible customer engagement model. Leveraging Freescale’s scalable PowerPC® system-on-chip (SoC) platforms, customers are able to further reduce development costs through easy migration to next-generation system designs and reuse of software investments in Freescale’s PowerQUICC™ processors containing PowerPC® cores and its line of PowerPC processors.

Freescale’s SemiCustom operation develops highly integrated, customized PowerPC SoC platform designs built on a foundation of Freescale’s processor cores and system blocks used in the company’s standard products. The SemiCustom operation leverages Freescale’s scalable, high-performance PowerPC e300 and e500 cores, DSPs based on StarCore technology, serializer/deserializer (SerDes) technology, integrated security engines, and mixed-signal portfolio.

Freescale Semiconductor Inc.

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