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sanjaac
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Re: When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail
sanjaac   11/6/2013 11:22:53 AM
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Some more, from Renesas (just listing the ones over 200 MHz) in QFP packages (not inclusing any BGAs or similar):

In the MPU Class:
  • RZ/A1H ARM Cortex-A9 MPU @ 400 MHz - 10 M RAM QFP256
  • RZ/A1H ARM Cortex-A9 MPU @ 400 MHz - 5 M RAM QFP256
  • RZ/A1L ARM Cortex-A9 MPU @ 400 MHz - 3 M RAM QFP208 & QFP176
  • SH7730 SH-4A SuperScalar RISC MPU @ 266 MHz - QFP208
  • SH7751R SH-4 SuperScalar RISC MPU @ 240 MHz - QFP240
  • SH7750R SH-4 SuperScalar RISC MPU @ 240 MHz - QFP240
  • SH7750S SH-4 SuperScalar RISC MPU @ 200 MHz - QFP208
  • SH7729R SH-3 DSP SuperScalar RISC MPU @ 200 MHz - QFP208
  • SH7709S SH-3 SuperScalar RISC MPU @ 200 MHz - QFP208

In the MCU Class:
  • SH7269 SH-2A FPU SuperScalar RISC MCU @ 266 MHz - 2.5 M RAM QFP256
  • SH7268 SH-2A FPU SuperScalar RISC MCU @ 266 MHz - 2.5 M RAM QFP208
  • SH726A SH-2A FPU SuperScalar RISC MCU @ 216 MHz - 1.3 M RAM QFP120
  • SH726B SH-2A FPU SuperScalar RISC MCU @ 216 MHz - 1.3 M RAM QFP144
  • SH7263 SH-2A FPU SuperScalar RISC MCU @ 200 MHz - QFP240
  • SH7203 SH-2A FPU SuperScalar RISC MCU @ 200 MHz - QFP240
  • SH7206 SH-2A SuperScalar RISC MCU @ 200 MHz - QFP176
  • SH7216 SH-2A FPU SuperScalar RISC MCU @ 200 MHz - 1 M Flash QF176

 Please enjoy!

Wilco1
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Re: Package
Wilco1   10/7/2013 4:45:43 PM
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SAMA5D3 is 65nm and does 536MHz at less than 200mW for the whole SoC. Sitara is a 1GHz Cortex-A8 at 65nm as well and Vybrid uses a 40nm process. However a 486 is not in the same league as these Cortex-A5/A8 based SoCs, so Quark would need to sell significantly below the $7 Atmel asks for SAMA5D3.

alex_m1
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Re: Package
alex_m1   10/7/2013 8:54:35 AM
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With the estimate of 30mm2 by wilco of this chip, i wonder what sizes(and processes) are similar competing chips like the TI sitara, Freescale Vybrid and atmel SAMA5D3 ?

Wilco1
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Re: Package
Wilco1   10/7/2013 5:24:41 AM
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Sorry, these should work better:

 

https://communities.intel.com/servlet/JiveServlet/previewBody/21826-102-2-25118/Intel%20Quark%20Core_DevMan_001.pdf

https://communities.intel.com/servlet/JiveServlet/previewBody/21828-102-2-25120/329676_QuarkDatasheet.pdf


https://communities.intel.com/servlet/JiveServlet/previewBody/21825-102-2-25117/Intel%20Quark%20Core%20HWRefMan_001.pdf

 

Yes, there are claims of a "Pentium" instruction set but it is literally a 486 with a 5-stage single-issue pipeline and 16KB shared I&D cache (compare the timings with an old 486 manual or look at page 20 in the last link). Remember the current Atom is already Pentium class, so to get x86 any smaller you have got to get down to a 486! The die is about 30mm^2 based on the photo in this article. TDP is 1.9-2.2W for the SoC.

rick merritt
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Re: Package
rick merritt   10/7/2013 1:50:42 AM
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@Wilco1: Can you check that datasheet URL. It's not working for me.

Also Intel clearly stated Quark is a Pentium class chip.

Wilco1
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Re: When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail
Wilco1   10/6/2013 4:16:03 PM
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Forget FFTs, Quark won't ever run any DSP code. Multiply takes 6 cycles vs 1 cycle for a MAC on Cortex-M3/M4. Floating point is even slower: fadd is 10 cycles, fmul is 11 - compare that with 1 cycle for fadd and fmul on Cortex-M4...

Wilco1
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Re: Package
Wilco1   10/6/2013 3:41:22 PM
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15x15mm 393 ball BGA - not exactly a MCU...

 

See https://communities.intel.com/servlet/...102.../329676_QuarkDatasheet.pdf

Btw. it is actually a 486!!! - not a match for a modern MCU.

rick merritt
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rick merritt   10/6/2013 3:27:18 PM
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Can anyone tell the package from the Intel-provided picture--assuming its not a dummy chip?

Sheetal.Pandey
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Re: When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail
Sheetal.Pandey   10/6/2013 2:46:25 PM
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It is good Intel couldnot or didnit enter smartphone business. They are experts in making processors and it would be good if tghey keep that monopoly going. Just joining the smartphone wagon would not earn any good.

TonyTib
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Re: When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail
TonyTib   10/4/2013 8:33:21 PM
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Yup, I forgot about the A13, which is sold in small quantities by Olimex.  I wouldn't be surpised if the packaging impacts the performance.  Also, it's very tablet oriented, not industrial, and I wonder how long it will be in production.

Another point about the Quark: availability and price from Mouser & Digikey will be very important if Intel wants to be serious about embedded again.

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