AMCC takes another shot at multicore
9/27/2010 3:15 PM EDT
SAN JOSE, Calif. - After a false start, Applied Micro Circuits Corp., or AppliedMicro, is taking another shot in the multicore processor arena.
The new device, dubbed PacketPro, is AppliedMicro’s second-generation embedded processor system-on-a-chip (SoC) family. It is based on the PowerPC technology ranges in performance from 600-MHz to 2.0-GHz and beyond.
The company has announced multicore products in the past. But to date, it failed to release them. ''The company announced a multicore processor, but never released it as an official product, and used it more as a demonstration platform,'' according to the company.
It hopes to have better luck with PacketPro. The device features the so-called Scalable Lightweight Intelligent Management processor or SLIMpro. This technology is said to provide power management, protected asymmetric multiprocessing (PMP), failover protection, resiliency and end-to-end security for a wide range of mission-critical applications in wireless and wired networking, multi-function printer, industrial, access point markets, according to AMCC.
The AppliedMicro PacketPro family features performance of up to 2-GHz per core, 32-KB L1 I/D & 256-KB dedicated L2 cache per core, support for full symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) and ultra flexible asymmetric multiprocessing (AMP).
Memory and bus architecture supports 16/32/64-bit DDR2/3 up to 1,600-Mbps and beyond with ECC option. Connectivity features include PCI-e Gen 2 controller, GE, 10GE, SGMII, RGMII, IEEE1588 Rev2 on all Ethernet ports, USB 2.0 – H/D, OTG, all with integrated PHY, USB 3.0, SATA ports and SDHC.
The PacketPro family is manufactured on a 40-nm TSMC CMOS process and is available in both wire-bond and flip-chip packaging.
“Flexible power management enables deep sleep operating power of less than 200mW and includes Wake on LAN, USB, PCIe and others. With the ability to scale-down and turn off SoC resources when not in use and to scale-up to full power when system demands require, PacketPro provides developers (the) ability to dynamically control power consumption levels,” said Vinay Ravuri, vice president and general manager of AppliedMicro’s Processing Products Division, in a statement.