PORTLAND, Ore. Freescale Semiconductor said it is sampling new communications processors based on its 45-nm process technology,
The 45-nm PowerQUICC, dual-core QorIQ and six-core StarCore DSP, announced Tuesday (March 31) at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Silicon Valley, aims to help OEMs build higher performance 3G and 4G wireless basestations that consume less power, Freescale said.
"OEMs building wireless infrastructure equipment with Freescale's new 45-nanometer parts should reap a significant boost in performance as well as a reduction in both cost and power consumption over previous generation parts," said Linley Gwennap, principal analyst with The Linley Group.
Freescale said it is seeding OEMs with samples of its new 45-nm processors, which are currently being designed into a variety of wireless infrastructure equipment. The company expects to begin volume deliveries in the second half of 2009.
"We are working very hard to accelerate the delivery schedule for our higher performance 45-nanometer communications processors," said Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager of Freescale's Networking and Multimedia Group. "Even in this economic environment, customers are looking for ways to reduce costs and power consumption in 3G and 4G broadband infrastructure equipment."
Freescale's processors use a 32-bit, e500-based PowerPC architecture operating at speeds of up to 1.3 GHz while consuming less than 10 watts, the company claimed. In Freescale's benchmark tests, power consumption in a typical three-sector, 10-MHz Long-Term Evolution basestation was reduced by more than 50 percent.
Also at ESC, Mocana Corp. (San Francisco) said it will supply security software to OEMs building network equipment using Freescale's PowerQUICC communications processors. Mocana's Device Security Framework leverages integrated encryption and other security'acceleration'capabilities in the comms processor.
Mocana's application programming interface is designed to integrate its software into PowerQUICC-based devices running Linux or other real-time operating systems from Wind River, MontaVista, Green Hills, QNX and ThreadX.