Orlando, Fla.Freescale Semiconductor has unveiled its Multi-core Communications Platform based on its PowerQUICC processor families. The architecture is designed to help customers more easily migrate to multi-core environments while preserving the value of legacy software investments.
Fundamental to Freescale's latest approach are the power reduction and integration advantages realized by a migration to 45-nm process technology.
At 45-nm geometries, Freescale is able to engineer a multi-level, cache-coherent hierarchy that endows each core with its own L2 cache while also integrating multi megabytes of shared L3 cache.
Freescale's multi-core platform includes an enhanced Power Architecture e500-mc core, based on the e500 core, targeting a top frequency of 1.5 GHz. It also integrates proven on-demand application acceleration capabilities such as new data path resource management technology that handles intra-chip message passing and memory buffer reservation. To enable safe and autonomous operation, the platform leverages a hypervisor environment that enables multiple individual operating systems to share system resources, including processor cores, memory and other on-chip functions.
At the heart of the platform is CoreNet technology, a highly scalable fabric for on-chip connectivity. It is designed to eliminate bus contention, bottlenecks and latency issues associated with shared bus/shared memory architectures that are common in other multi-core approaches. CoreNet technology can seamlessly accommodate more than 32 cores as well as heterogeneous core implementations.
Freescale expects to roll out a comprehensive roadmap of products based on the Multi-core Communications Platform, the first of which is planned to sample in late 2008. A Virtutech simulation environment is now available for Freescale's current generation of multi-core processors, the MPC8572E and the MPC8641D.
The simulation environment for the platform is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2007, allowing development and system optimization to begin prior to product availability.
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