Embedded processor: Versatile multi-core chip helps industrial applications

Freescale Semiconductor introduced a highly integrated system-on-chip (SoC) processor it says has been optimized for high-performance, power-sensitive applications requiring complex graphics, multimedia, and real-time audio processing.

05/24/2007


AUSTIN, TX Freescale Semiconductor introduced a highly integrated system-on-chip (SoC) processor it says has been optimized for high-performance, power-sensitive applications requiring complex graphics, multimedia, and real-time audio processing. Built on Power Architecture technology, the MPC5121e SoC device is the latest member of Freescale’s mobileGT processor family. Manufactured on advanced 90 nanometer low-power CMOS technology, the MPC5121e, according to the company, was designed to deliver exceptional multimedia performance and feature-rich user interfaces within a low power envelope, without sacrificing flexibility and robustness.

The MPC5121e combines an e300 core with an integrated 2D/3D graphics core and a fully programmable 32-bit RISC-based real-time acceleration core enhanced for audio and multimedia applications. Freescale also plans to offer a version of the MPC5121e without the 2D/3D graphics core.

The company says that the processor is automotive-qualified, making it ideal for telematics, connectivity and driver interactive vehicle applications. Furthermore, it says the device meets AEC-Q100 reliability requirements, meets TS14969 specification, and is designed to withstand harsh environmental conditions.

In addition to addressing telematics, the company says the device can be used in a broad range of embedded applications, such as networked industrial control and security/surveillance systems, networked patient monitoring systems, gaming and digital home applications, such as media gateways and set-top boxes.

C.G. Masi , senior editor
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