Intel Corp. has expanded its portfolio of embedded processors with new offerings in its Pentium, i960, and StrongARM families.
The embedded Pentium family has added 166- and 266-MHz versions of the processor with MMX technology.
The devices will be offered in a new surface-mount, high-thermal, low-profile PBGA package (HL-PBGA) measuring 1.45 mm thick and 35 mm square.
The HL-PBGA package was developed specifically for space-constrained applications that require lower power consumption than previous generations of embedded Pentium processors.
"Customer feedback on performance and power requirements led us to create an entirely new package for the embedded Pentium processor with MMX technology," said Thomas Franz, vice president and general manager of Intel's Embedded Microcomputer Division, Chandler, Ariz. "Our embedded-[processor] customers can take full advantage of the large base of tools, programming expertise, and code compatibility offered by the Intel architecture, as well as other embedded computing blocks such as flash memory and graphic controllers."
Devices housed in the new package are scheduled for production in the first quarter of 1999. Samples are available. In 1,000s, the 166-MHz version will be priced at $51, and the 266-MHz version will cost $104.
The latest addition to the i960 family is the VH Embedded-PCI processor, the first device in the family to have a single PCI interface.
"The i960 Embedded-PCI stems from customer requests for a processor that supports simplified embedded-PCI design, reduced board space, and low power use while meeting needs for reduced cost," said Wendy Vittori, general manager at Intel's Connected PC Division.
The device integrates a v.2.1-compliant 32-bit, 33-MHz PCI interface with an i960 core that can be selected by the customer to operate at 33, 66, or 100 MHz.
Samples are available, with production scheduled for March 1999. Prices will begin at $45 in quantities of 10,000.
And within its StrongArm family, Intel has added the SA-1101 companion chip for its SA-1100 processor.
Both the SA-1100 and SA-1101 are available now. In quantities of 10,000, a 190-MHz version of the SA-1100 is priced at $33, while a 133-MHz version is $27. The SA-1101 costs $21.