PORTLAND, Ore. — Freescale Semiconductor unveiled a low-end addition to its family of Power Quicc II Pro communications processors at the Freescale Technology Forum, held Aug. 18-19 in Bengaluru, India. The highly integrated MPC830x chips offer lower price/performance points as well as lower power consumption for applications such as line cards, WLAN access points, intelligent network interface cards, smart energy meters and industrial control.
"The MPC830x family enables higher-speed interconnects and has an upgraded peripheral set but offers a lower price point," said Dhiraj Handa, director and general manager of the customer-specific products division of Freescale's networking and multimedia group. "Our scalable family now provides a lower power and lower price point for entry-level networking, industrial control, factory automation and similar applications, with full software compatibility with legacy PowerQuiccC I and II processors."
The MPC830x was designed at Freescale's Bengaluru Design Center to provide performance up to 800 Mips and lower power consumption in a package that will cost less than $10 each.
Built on the Power Architecture, the processors feature an e300 core and cache, an integrated double-precision floating-point unit, dual integer arithmetic-logic units and on-chip memory management units. Its lower power consumption allows fanless designs for low-end applications.
With the cost under US$10.0 and performance upto 800 Mips, the MPC830x PowerQUICC II processor looks as an attractive choice for low power, high speed applications, especially for Ethernet. Most of the parts in this family also have in-built memory interfaces for DDR2. Do the higher end parts in this family such as MPC831x, MPC832x, MPC834x, MPC837x etc. also cost less than US$10 each, or more?
What type of wireless devices could you design with a Freescale communications processors that cost under $10? I am constantly amazed anew at the novel wireless gizmos all using the same standard protocols as "serious" business systems--like the electronic "rabbit" from nabaztag.com that uses WiFi to get the lastest news headlines as they are posted online and reads them to you--like a speaking ticker tape. All types of cool wireless devices wait to be invented--what type of wireless device would you like to design as the processor costs continue to plummet?
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