Issue: Dec 2009


Freescale Introduces QorIQ Communications Processors with QUICC Engine Technology



QorIQ P1012/P1021 Family Smoothes Migration from Multiprotocol to All-IP Design Environments for Communications Equipment Applications

by Lenny Case

Freescale Semiconductor introduces the first processors based on its QorIQ communications platform that also incorporate QUICC Engine multiprotocol technology. The QorIQ P1012/P1021 product family offers a high-performance, low-power migration path to all-IP environments for customers using legacy multiprotocol interfaces.

Most embedded multicore processors integrate general-purpose CPUs not optimized for data-plane tasks, thus requiring more or faster CPUs to deliver the same level of performance for multiprotocol processing. Freescale’s new QorIQ P1012 and P1021 processors deliver highly efficient multiprotocol processing by integrating the latest QUICC Engine technology alongside one or two 800 MHz cores based on Power Architecture® technology. The combination of the QorIQ and QUICC Engine technologies enables the devices to provide both data- and control-plane processing, which eliminates the need for separate FPGAs or ASICs.

“Freescale’s newest QorIQ products provide a cost-effective solution for customers transitioning to all-IP environments, while still addressing legacy interface compatibility requirements,” said Brett Butler, vice president and general manager of Freescale’s Networking Processor Division. “High performance, low cost and pin compatibility make the P1012 and P1021 compelling options for a variety of applications."

The new products are pin-compatible with existing QorIQ P1 and P2 products, as well as software-compatible with several Freescale PowerQUICC II Pro and PowerQUICC III processors, including the MPC8323, MPC8358, MPC8360 and MPC8569 devices. This compatibility preserves software investments and delivers a range of price and performance options for a broad spectrum of wireless, wireline and industrial applications. In addition, the P1012 and P1021 processors can be paired with Freescale’s VortiQa application software to rapidly create performance-optimized SMB gateway products.

The new processors support legacy interfaces and protocols such as T1/E1, xDSL, ATM, HDLC and 10/100/1000 Ethernet for applications including multiservice routers, SMB gateways and IP-PBX equipment. The programmability of the QUICC Engine technology also enables industrial interfaces and protocols, providing the flexibility to support additional applications with a common platform. Based on 45-nm process technology, the new processors incorporate large, high-performance L2 cache memories and feature support for cost-effective and power-efficient DDR3 memory, thus allowing customers to further reduce overall system cost. The devices also integrate SGMII, USB 2.0 and PCI Express® interconnect technologies.

Development support and availability

Development boards and third party enablement tools are available for the P1012 and P1021 devices to streamline development. Both processors are expected to sample to select customers in January 2010, with broad sampling planned for Q2 2010. Production quantities are expected in December 2010. Contact Freescale for pricing.

For more information about the P1012/P1021 products, visit http://www.freescale.com/files/pr/P1021.html.

About QUICC Engine technology

Enhanced QUICC Engine technology delivers double the performance of previous generations. Chips with QUICC Engine technology offload data path tasks to the QUICC Engine block, which handles termination and switching between a wide range of communication protocols and interface standards such as Ethernet, ATM, HDLC, and PPP.

About QorIQ communications platforms

Freescale QorIQ communications platforms are the next-generation evolution of Freescale’s leading PowerQUICC communications processors. Built using high-performance Power Architecture cores, Freescale QorIQ platforms enable a new era of networking innovation where the reliability, security and quality of service for every connection matters. The Freescale QorIQ platforms and roadmap consist of five platforms (P1, P2, P3, P4 and P5) that include single-, dual- and many cores to offer customers a choice of solutions, whether they are ready to move to multicore today or want a smart migration path to get there in the future. For more information about QorIQ platforms, visit www.freescale.com/multicore.

About Freescale Semiconductor

Freescale Semiconductor is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets. The privately held company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing or sales operations around the world. www.freescale.com.

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