Motorola Inc.'s Semiconductor Products Sector (SPS) said it has begun shipping its first PowerPC microprocessor to achieve 1-GHz performance.
In addition, Apple Computer Corp. announced that two of the new PowerPC are being used in it newest PowerMAC PC, which also features a Nvidia GeForce graphics card.
Currently about 75% of all PowerPC shipped by SPS are used in networking applications, and 25% are used in PCs, said Will Swearingen, marketing director with the Networking & Computing Systems Group.
The MPC7455 PowerPC is manufactured using a silicon-on-insulator technology and a 0.18-micron process, Swearingen said. Although SPS has not announced a specific timetable, the company does have plans to migrate its manufacturing to a 0.13-micron process, which could allow SPS to push performance of the PowerPC into the 2-GHz range, he said.
Other announced customers for the MPC7445 are LM Ericsson, which will use the device in their GPRS cellular backbone system, and Pirus Networks, which will used the device in its storage networking platform.
The MPC7455 is pin-compatible with the MPC7451 and MPC7450, which are currently used extensively in networking applications, Swearingen said. Also being introduced is the 800-MHz MPC7445, which is pin-compatible with the MPC7441, another popular PowerPC.
The MPC7455 is shipping now, and the MPC7445 is currently sampling. The MPC7455 is priced at $295 in quantities of 10,000, and the MPC7445 is priced at $125.