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Freescale Semiconductor is introducing a range of cost-effective Powerquicc II Pro processors for applications including line cards, WLAN access points and intelligent NIC equipment.

The MPC830x communications processor portfolio includes the MPC8308, MPC8309 and MPC8306/8306S products, which all offer upgraded high-speed interconnects.

This allows customers to lower bill of material (BOM) costs in target applications such as smart energy gateways and general-purpose control functions.

‘The MPC830x portfolio targets customers looking for processors with high integration, scalable performance and low power for entry-level networking, industrial control or factory automation applications,’ said Dhiraj Handa, director and general manager of the Customer Specific Products Division of Freescale’s Networking and Multimedia Group.

These processors include code compatibility with legacy Powerquicc I and II products and an upgraded peripheral feature set.

All products in the MPC830x portfolio incorporate the e300c3 (MPC603e-based) core built on Power Architecture technology, which includes 16Kbytes of L1 instruction and data caches, IEEE 754 double precision floating point unit, dual integer units and on-chip memory management units (MMUs).

The MPC8306/09 devices provide up to 800MIPS of performance along with high integration and low power consumption, enabling fanless, ‘green’ and low-cost designs.

The MPC830x communications processor portfolio was designed using advanced SoC methodologies and techniques to achieve quick cycle times from product definition to silicon qualification.

The MPC8309 features: e300 core running up to 400MHz; Single-RISC Quicc Engine communications module; 16/32-bit DDR2 memory controller with ECC support running up to 266MHz; peripheral interfaces such as 32-bit/66MHz PCI; 16-bit/66MHz local bus interface; USB 2.0; four CAN; four UARTs, enhanced SDHC controller; and five unified communication protocols to support multiple fast Ethernet/HDLC ports/IEEE 1588.

The MPC8306/8306S products feature: e300 core running up to 266MHz; Single-RISC Quicc Engine communications module; 16-bit DDR2 memory controller running up to 266MHz; peripheral interfaces such as 16-bit/66MHz local bus interface; USB 2.0; four CAN; four UARTs; enhanced SDHC controller; and five unified communication protocols to support multiple fast Ethernet/HDLC ports/IEEE 1588.

The MPC8308 product features: e300 core running up to 400MHz; 16/32-bit DDR2 memory controller with ECC support running up to 266/333MHz; peripheral interfaces such as 16-bit/66MHz local bus interface, single lane PCI Express; USB 2.0; enhanced SDHC controller; and dual gigabit Ethernet controllers.

The MPC830x devices are offered in 19mm x 19mm MAPBGA packages with a 0.8mm pitch, enabling a smaller overall footprint for space-constrained applications while minimising board routing complexity.

Pin counts vary from a 369-pin package for the MPC8308 up to a 489-pin version for the MPC8309.

The portfolio’s high level of integration allows customers to lower BOM costs while fulfilling demanding form-factor requirements.

Freescale is offering an evaluation kit (MPC830x-KIT) containing a single MPC830x carrier card and system-on-modules (SOMs) for each of the MPC830x devices.

Freescale also offers the MPC8308-RDB reference design board.

The evaluation boards include a Linux 2.6 BSP with optimised drivers to support peripherals, quick-start guide and a six-month evaluation license for Codewarrior development tools.

Samples for the MPC8306/8306S and MPC8309 are now available for limited customers, with volume production for these devices expected in December 2010 and March 2011 respectively.

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