Freescale Expands PowerQuicc Family

Freescale adds communications processor to SoC-based PowerQuicc III family; introduces PowerQuicc II Pro family; adds DSPs to VOIP solutions

April 28, 2004

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DALLAS -- Freescale Semiconductor, a wholly owned subsidiary of Motorola Inc. (NYSE:MOT), has introduced an additional PowerQUICC™ III communications processor based on its high-performance e500 PowerPC® system-on-chip (SoC) platform and featuring an integrated security engine and dual on-chip PCI interfaces.

Freescale’s MPC8541E communications processor with integrated security is the fourth member to join the SoC platform-based PowerQUICC III family. The growing family also includes the award-winning MPC8560 communications processor with RapidIO™ technology, the MPC8540 communications processor with RapidIO, and the MPC8555E communications processor with integrated security.

Freescale Semiconductor designed the MPC8541E processor to provide a high-performance yet cost-effective control element for a wide range of Ethernet-based embedded designs. In particular, the MPC8541E provides an ideal processing solution for developers working on trusted network applications (such as VPN and firewall routers), telecom linecards, enterprise storage equipment, Ethernet switches, business-class imaging equipment, and general-purpose embedded applications that require integrated security and multi-PCI interface support.

The SoC-based MPC8541E processor combines the powerful e500 PowerPC core, 256KB of L2 cache memory, and industry-standard peripheral technologies to balance processor performance with I/O system throughput. The e500 core used in the MPC8541E scales from 533 MHz to 833 MHz.

The MPC8541E features a 64-bit 333MHz double data rate (DDR) SDRAM memory controller, dual Gigabit Ethernet controllers, dual 10/100 Fast Ethernet controllers, a four-channel DMA controller, dual asynchronous receiver/transmitters (DUART), a local bus controller, two I2C controllers, and a serial peripheral interface (SPI). The MPC8541E also includes dual 32-bit PCI controllers, which can be configured as a single 64-bit PCI controller. Dual PCI support provides a cost-effective alternative to using separate, discrete PCI bridges and chipsets for I/O-intensive applications that require multiple PCI interfaces.

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DALLAS -- System developers demand exceptional price/performance, high integration and leading-edge connectivity from their processor vendors. Freescale Semiconductor, a wholly owned subsidiary of Motorola Inc. (NYSE:MOT), is addressing these requirements with the introduction of the MPC8349E PowerQUICC II™ Pro family, the next generation of PowerQUICC II integrated communications processors designed for cost-sensitive yet compute-intensive networking, communications and pervasive computing applications.

Freescale developed the MPC8349E PowerQUICC II Pro family to address a wide range of embedded control applications, such as Ethernet routers and switches, wireless LAN (WLAN) equipment, embedded security devices, home and media gateways, network attached storage, industrial control, line cards, and healthcare-related, copier and printer imaging equipment. The MPC8349E family benefits Ethernet equipment developers by providing high-speed interconnects, robust processing performance, and leading-edge integration, resulting in low system-level cost, compact board space and low power usage.

The new MPC8349E family leverages the advanced e300 system-on-chip (SoC) platform—a flexible architecture similar to the e500 platform used by the award-winning PowerQUICC™ III communications processor family. Freescale’s reusable SoC methodology makes it fast, easy and cost-effective to mix and match functional blocks and develop new SoC-based family members optimized for emerging markets. This SoC approach also enables Freescale to deliver highly integrated semicustom processor solutions for customers with unique application requirements. Responsive delivery of new processor products for communications and networking designs helps customers achieve faster time to market and longer time in market.

DALLAS –- Responding to the growing momentum in the voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) market, Freescale Semiconductor, a wholly owned subsidiary of Motorola Inc. (NYSE:MOT), is leveraging its communications processor leadership by expanding its solutions for VoIP system designs based on PowerQUICC™ processors, containing PowerPC® cores, and digital signal processors (DSPs) based on StarCore technology.

The centerpiece of these VoIP solutions is the new MSC711x DSP family, designed to deliver the exceptional price/performance, high integration and leading-edge connectivity required by VoIP system manufacturers. The MSC711x family expands the company’s enablement of cost-effective enterprise VoIP, IP PBX, and network edge and access applications scaling from four to hundreds of channels.

“VoIP has penetrated the IP core network for toll bypass, and the residential market is next. The converged network supported by packet-based infrastructure is real,” commented Will Strauss, president of Forward Concepts in Phoenix, Arizona. “Across the DSP families based on StarCore technology, Freescale is providing a compelling approach that enables OEMs to provide products of different channel densities from a single architecture. And, as the first DSP with a DDR memory interface, the MSC711x family provides new levels of inexpensive memory bandwidth."

Freescale’s PowerQUICC and DSP product lines include system-on-chip (SoC) platform offerings, such as the PowerQUICC III and new PowerQUICC II™ Pro families. The MSC711x DSP family integrates proven SoC interfaces, follows a common platform, remains process technology independent, and is based on a synthesizable language written in high-level hardware description language. To deliver the optimal solution driven by customer requirements, an advanced MSC711x DSP-based design can be targeted to a variety of CMOS manufacturing technologies to deliver a cost/performance-optimized product that mitigates expense and risk.

Freescale Semiconductor Inc.

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