Santa Clara, Calif.Based on an enhanced ARM9 processor operating at 525 MHz, MosChip Semiconductor Technology Ltd. has developed a pair of network appliance processors (NAP) that supports PCI Express (PCIe), Gigabit Ethernet and display interfaces in a single device.
With MosChip's MCS8142, system engineers can target a variety of well suited applications that include consumer network attached storage (NAS), PC and media docking stations, SOHO, home network automation and media servers. The MCS8144 lends itself toward applications driving digital displays such as, digital signage, POS, PC and media docking stations and smart VOIP gateways.
The MCS8142 NAP is offered in a 256 TFBGA package and supports One x1 lane PCI Express port, 2 USB 2.0 ports (one USB port can be configured to support OTG), a single 10/100/1000 Mb/s Ethernet port and an integrated DDR2 SDRAM memory controller. The device also supports a 16C550 compatible UART, I²C, SPI and 8 GPIOs.
The MCS8144 NAP has all the features of the MCS8142 but is offered in a 292 TFBGA and supports two x1 lane PCI Express ports. The device has an integrated display controller with a LVDS 6/8-bit FPD link for direct interfacing to TFT panels and an RGB 24-bit, DVI and 12-bit interfaces to connect TFT/STN LCD and TV monitors. The display controller can support display resolutions of QVGA, VGA, SVGA, XVGA and WXGA.
Pricing: In 10,000-unit quantities, the MCS8142 is $10 each and the MCS8144 is $15 each.
Availability: Sampling today; production quantities will begin in March 2009.
MosChip Semiconductor Technology Ltd., www.moschip.com