Ubicom StreamEngine 7000 Processors

Ubicom, Inc. recently introduced the StreamEngine 7000 family of processors for home networking and connected media devices. The StreamEngine 7000 family is software-compatible with the popular StreamEngine 5000 family and delivers higher performance with lower power in a smaller package and a reduced bill of materials. The StreamEngine 7000 family of processors is sampling now, with volume production in Q4 2008.

Ubicom StreamEngine 7000 Processor block diagram

StreamEngine 7000 Highlights

  • 12 threads
  • 240 kbytes on-chip memory
  • Second RGMII port
  • Zero extension
  • Byte instructions
  • Up to 500+ MHz clock rate
  • Size: 14mm on a side

The UBICOM32 multithreaded architecture has been enhanced and extended to increase the amount of work done per clock cycle by 20% and push the maximum clock frequency above 500MHz. When compared with a traditional single-threaded RISC processor, designers can expect two to three times the performance at the same frequency for most applications. The number of hardware threads has increased from 10 to 12, allowing more work to be done in parallel and enabling support for a wider range of interface options via Ubicom’s software I/O technology. Further DSP instruction set additions and enhancements make audio and video applications less processor-intensive. Two gigabit interfaces are now supported for the most demanding networking applications.

Supported by Ubicom’s software development kit (SDK), designers can immediately take advantage of the library of reference applications already developed for 802.11n home networking and connected media endpoints to complete high-quality products with a minimum of engineering investment. An open industry standards-based Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX) now allows developers to rapidly deploy existing and off-the-shelf applications while taking advantage of Ubicom’s multithreaded system.

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