The Freescale MPC8569E PowerQUICC III communications processor is a high-performance, low-power device based on 45nm silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology. It supports a wide range of wireless protocols while delivering up to 1.3 Gigahertz performance within a sub-10 watt power envelope. The processor’s highly integrated design allows for a single-chip solution where multiple devices were used before. Advanced integration consolidates network processing and control processing functions, ultimately providing savings in cost, power and board space. The MPC8569E processor is sampling now. Suggested resale pricing starts at $80 (USD) in 10K quantities.
The MPC8569E device is designed to address increasing performance and protocol support requirements, as well as demand for low-cost operation for broadband access equipment such as 3G/WiMAX/LTE base stations, RNCs, gateways and ATM/TDM/IP equipment. The MPC8569E processor is primarily designed for wireless access infrastructure, including applications such as wireless backhaul equipment. It is also ideal for server switching cards, multiservice routers and industrial applications.
The MPC8569E processor features enhanced QUICC Engine technology that delivers double the performance of previous generations. The MPC8569E offloads data path tasks to the QUICC Engine block, which handles termination, interworking, and switching between a wide range of communication protocols and interface standards such as Gigabit Ethernet, ATM, HDLC, POS, PPP and PWE3. The device also includes a high-performance CPU with 512 KB Level 2 (L2) cache, one 64-bit or two 32-bit DDR2/DDR3 memory controllers, SGMII, serial RapidIO interconnects, USB 2.0 and PCI Express technology.
Enhanced High-Performance e500 Core
The MPC8569E uses an enhanced Power Architecture e500 core that scales up to 1.3 Gigahertz. This advanced core, together with the device’s 45-nm process technology, enables a low-power solution that delivers aggressive performance-per-Watt capabilities.
OEMs can realize cost savings in a variety of ways. Base station manufacturers benefit by using a single architecture that allows them to reprogram their software for different interfaces – meaning they can preserve software investments from previous designs. Power savings realized can help lower overall operational costs. And the QUICC Engine block’s enhanced interworking is designed to ease the transition from ATM to IP-based systems while reducing investment costs.
Robust Software Support
The MPC8569E processor utilizes standard microcodes, providing industry-proven firmware for existing protocols and further downloadable RAM microcode packages that offer support for new functionality or protocols. Freescale also offers a full-featured modular development system (MDS), and a version of its CodeWarrior development environment for QUICC Engine technology that accelerates and simplifies initialization and configuration of drivers and communications protocols managed by QUICC Engine technology.
More information: Freescale Semiconductor