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Freescale Extends QorIQ Family with Quad-Core P3 Platform Optimized for Low Power

Tue, 06/22/2010 - 9:32am
ORLANDO, Fla. –- (Freescale Technology Forum) – Freescale Semiconductor is expanding the performance range of its QorIQ communications processor product lines with the introduction of the quad-core QorIQ P3 platform. The new P3041 processor offers an advanced feature set leveraging Freescale’s P4 platform technology and optimized for low power, enabling increased system performance and improved overall power consumption.

The new QorIQ P3041 expands the reach of Freescale’s P4 platform into lower power applications. Manufactured in 45 nm silicon-on-insulator process technology, the P3041 offers optimal integration and new intellectual property that delivers improved functionality for end products. The P3041 processor integrates four e500mc Power Architecture® cores running up to 1.5 GHz at less than 12 watts, and delivers about 2.5 DMIPS/MHz. Key features include a three-level cache hierarchy for optimized latencies, a hardware hypervisor for robust support of multiple operating systems within the device, a trusted boot architecture to ensure code is not tampered with or reverse engineered, efficient data path handling, and improved Serial RapidIO and SATA IP.

The P3041 is pin-compatible with Freescale’s QorIQ P4080, P4040, P5020 and P5010 products and shares the same advanced architecture as these high-end devices.  As a result, products in the P3, P4, and P5 families are all software compatible, enabling easy migration across a range of applications, from mid-range mixed control-data plane applications on the P3041, to high-end data plane on the P4080, to high-end control plane with the P5020.

The P3041 also integrate new IP to deliver improved functionality for mixed control/data plane applications. SATA 2.0 controllers allow connection of hard drives for applications that need to store data onboard the system, and improved Serial RapidIO controllers (v1.3 + 2.0) allow enhanced Type 9 and 11 messaging for base stations and defense applications. Dual high-speed USB 2.0 with integrated PHYs also help to reduce overall BOM cost and board space.

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