Day 1 of the 2012 Freescale Technology Forum kicks off with tech fest to highlight theme of Power Innovation, including new QorIQ processors, sensors and wireless. Other, sub-theme, is coming out party for new CEO, Gregg Lowe.
It’s the end of Day 1 of the 2012 Freescale Technology Forum here in San Anotonio and it’s starting to already live up to its theme: Powering Innovation.
The stated goal of this year’s conference is, as always, to highlight the company’s work to develop technology and products that help embedded developers differentiate their design, innovate, and accelerate their time to market.
The unsaid ‘other’ goal, is to make the show a coming out party for the new CEO, Gregg Lowe, who came over from Texas Instruments on June 5, replacing the outgoing Rich Beyer. Lowe follows in the trail of Steven Dean, Freescale’s Global Healthcare Segment Lead. Prior, Dean was director of medical marketing at Texas Instruments. Small world, isn’t it?
Back to the tech: A quick tour of the annual Technology Lab tech fest, which this year featured over 200 exhibits, gave weight to Freescale’s argument that it is indeed doing quite a bit to get innovators up and running. From robots, user interfaces and automotive, to network processing, cellular and low-power wireless, it was all on show. Expect a slideshow on some interesting exhibits in a later report.
The major announcements today included two new 28-nm QorIQ AMP series processors for advanced networking systems, the AMP T1042 and T2080, which bring the QorIQ AMP series to the entry-level and midrange equipment segments. The T4240 is still the flagship product.
The T1042 runs at 800 MHz and is the successor to the current-gen P1 and P2 devices, but with 2x the core performance and SerDes bandwidth, with the same power budget. It comes with four 64-bit Power Architecture cores, datapath acceleration, pattern-matching capabilities, PCIExpress and Ethernet.
The T2080 also has four cores but runs at 1.8 GHz vs 800 MHz and is designed to double the performance per watt compared to mid-tier 45-nm QorIQ P Series devices. It also includes datapath acceleration, an broad array of I/O security functions.
New 28-nm QorIQ AMP series processors to deliver high-end performance, enhanced security and ultra-low-power operation for networking equipment.
Both are to be available in the first half of 2013, with support coming from Green Hills Software, Mentor Graphics and Wind River, among others.