Includes processor subsystem that integrates Titan cores based on Power Architecture technology
AppliedMicro has launched first member of its APM 83K series System on Chip (SoC) family, APM 83290, a Power Architecture tool available in bulk CMOS process.
The company said that the new APM 83290 features PacketPro and MultiEase technologies which it claims, deliver the best performance for wireless infrastructure, enterprise, storage, entertainment, multifunction printer and communications applications.
According to AppliedMicro, APM 83290 includes a processor subsystem that integrates two Titan cores based on Power Architecture technology, delivering frequencies of 1.5GHz per core. Along with high performance, circuit design techniques are expected to allow APM 83290 to deliver speeds of 1.5GHz in 90nm bulk CMOS.
AppliedMicro said that PacketPro technology consists of a number of acceleration blocks designed to offload the processor subsystem from commonly occurring tasks in networking applications. PacketPro’s message passing architecture simplifies data movement between the various acceleration blocks and provides Quality of Service guarantees for each flow regardless of the loading from other flows.
In addition, MultiEase technology allows customers to reduce development efforts and accelerate their time to market schedules by providing virtualisation of on-chip resources, fault isolation debug and error recovery.
According to AppliedMicro, APM 83290 SoC hardware features dual Titan cores, each with a floating point unit, 512KB of shared L2 Cache memory with ECC support, full hardware memory and I/O coherency, 64-bit DDR2 SDRAM interface, security acceleration for IPSec, SSL, Kasumi, SNOW3G and public-key protocols.
Other features include a classification engine, multi-channel DMA engine, and high speed interfaces for gigabit ethernet ports, IEEE1588v2 support, PCI Express v2.0, Serial RapidIO, USB and SATA.
The company added that the APM 83K series is code compatible with PowerPC products that gives developers the flexibility to leverage software development efforts and tool sets into new multi-core applications.
Robert Fanfelle, associate vice president of strategic marketing at AppliedMicro, said: “Instead of simply throwing extraneous general purpose CPU cores into a chip, we’ve developed dedicated silicon blocks to offload the most challenging system tasks and ensure that the APM 83K family of SoCs delivers more efficient power/performance ratios for our customers’ applications.
“PacketPro technology enables efficient packet processing and fair sharing of bandwidth amongst flows allowing our powerful multi-core processor subsystem to concentrate its resources on executing customer applications.”