SAN FRANCISCO—Freescale Semiconductor Inc. Wednesday (Oct. 10) rolled out four new QorIQ T1 and T2 64-bit communications processors, including the quad-core T1040 "router on a chip"—billed as the industry's first 64-bit embedded processor to integrate a gigabit Ethernet switch.
The devices, built on Freescale's PowerArchitecture technology, target entry-level to mid-range networking, printing and security device applications.
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According to Altaf Hussain, senior product manager at Freescale, the new offerings address the needs of networking equipment manufacturers dealing with exploding bandwidth increases amid the growth of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets and looser IT policies that allow employees to choose the mobile devices they use.
Freescale (Austin, Texas) said its T1 family now includes dual- and quad-core devices, and the T2 family includes eight-virtual-core devices, enabling a range of performance spanning from 1.2 GHz to 1.8 GHz per core. In addition to the T1040, Freescale also introduced the T1020, which incorporates two cores and an Ethernet switch, the dual core T1022, as well as the eight virtual-core T2081, which is based on the Power Architecture e6500 core. All parts are pin compatible.
The T1/T2 devices integrate a combination of programmable and fixed processing units, including enhancements to Freescale’s data path acceleration architecture with integrated fixed-functions and networking offload, pattern matching and security capabilities, Freescale said.
Freescale's T1040 is billed as the industry’s first 64-bit embedded processor with an integrated Gigabit Ethernet switch.
According to Hussain, the QorIQ T1 and T2 families are among the semiconductor industry’s most scalable pin-compatible portfolios of 64-bit multicore communications processors.
"That scalability is huge from a customer perspective," Hussain said. The scalability gives customers the option of upgrading to higher-speed processors or versions that offer more cores without needing to change their architecture, he said.
The new T1040 and T1020 products include all of the features and attributes of Freescale's previously announced T1042 device, including the firm's DPAA engine, a QUICC engine block to support a rich set of protocols, shared virtualization technology and next-generation security features. Scalable performance spans from 1.2 GHz to 1.4 GHz and a power management system enables deep sleep mode for fanless, energy-efficient designs, according to the firm.