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Eight-core PowerPC SoC begins sampling

Sep 03, 2009, 23:44 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Brown)

"Aimed at high-end networking applications, the 1.5GHz QorIQ P4080 offers a private backside cache per core, tri-level cache hierarchy, datapath acceleration, a Virtutech-based hypervisor, and a CoreNet "coherency fabric" inter-core interconnect, says the company.

"Freescale announced the QorIQ line, including the P4080, in June 2008. The pin- and software-compatible successors to Freescale's PowerQUICC line of network processors are fabricated with 45nm process technology, and range from one to eight PowerPC e500 cores. The single-core P101 runs at 400MHz on only four Watts while the eight-core P4080 runs at 1.5GHz on a relatively modest 30 Watts.

"Often referred to simply as the P4, the P4080 appears to be the first QorIQ to reach sampling stage. Providing concurrent handling of control-plane, data-plane, and application layer processing tasks, the P4080 is designed for switches, enterprise and service provider routers, access and media gateways, base station controllers, radio network controllers (RNCs), and general-purpose embedded systems, says Freescale."

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