AppliedMicro’s APM801xx family packs a Power Architecture into a 10x10-mm BGA that consumes 1 W (active) and 0.3 mW in standby mode. Available in three versions, 400, 600 or 800 MHz, the processors support high performance and a broad selection of peripherals for a range of consumer devices from gateways, control panels and energy meters to network attached storage systems, consumer Wi-Fi access points, residential gateways and connected displays.
Coming hot on the heels of the company’s 1-GHz APM 821xx announcement in April, the new processors are enablers for target markets such as user-generated content (UGC), including photos, music and video which require large amounts of storage space and networking performance. Additionally, digital televisions and displays require direct Internet connections for IP content download and streaming of HD video. In connected displays for example, the APM801xx family serves as network co-processor to a video processing subsystem for Internet downloads.
”We’re starting to see the drive toward energy-efficient electronic systems come in the form of government mandates and corporate initiatives but the need for high-performance in a range of consumer applications continues to increase as volumes of digital content being created and accessed by a growing array of convergence devices continues to rise,” said Gopi Sirineni, vice president of AppliedMicro’s Consumer and SMB Business Unit.
Each family member is enabled with a number of high-speed interfaces such as PCIe, SATA, GigE, SDIO, TDM and USB 2.0. Estimated performance is 1,216 Dhrystone MIPS and typical power consumption is approximately 1W in active mode and 0.3 W in standby mode.
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Price and availability
As stated, the APM801xx family will come in three variants: 801xx-400, the 801xx-600, and 801xx-800 and will be available in two different packages in 10x10-mm BGA and 14x14-mm BGA.
Samples of the processor are expected in June 2010 and full production quantities are scheduled for the third quarter. Pricing is under $10 each for 10,000-unit quantities.
To help you get up and running, both an eval kit (EV-APM80180-KIT-01) and a smart-meter reference design will be made available (RD-80161-KIT-01) for $800 and $750, respectively. For further information go to AppliedMicro.