Freescale QorIQ P5 64-bit Power Architecture Platform

Freescale Semiconductor announced the QorIQ P5 64-bit Power Architecture platform. The P5 platform features the e5500 core and is ideal for high-end control and data plane applications in networking, enterprise storage, security appliance, data center and aerospace/defense markets. The single-core 64-bit P5010 and the dual-core 64-bit P5020 processors will be the first products in the new QorIQ P5 communications platform. Simulated models of the P5020 and P5010 are expected in July 2010. Initial samples are planned for Q4 2010, and qualification is expected in 2H 2011.

e5500 Technology Features

  • Frequencies up to 2.5 GHz
  • Twice the performance of Freescale’s e500 core
  • A 7-stage pipeline with out-of-order execution
  • Increased flat addressable memory space up to 64GB
  • High performance classic Floating Point Unit (FPU) supports IEEE 754 Floating Point Operations and Double Precision Floating Point
  • Hybrid 32-bit mode to support legacy software and transition to 64-bit architecture
  • L1 cache, backside L2 cache plus shared L3 cache

The QorIQ P5020 and P5010 processors feature Freescale’s highest single-threaded performance for next-generation embedded control plane applications. The P5020 delivers 13,200 DMIPs in 30 Watts running at 2.2 GHz. Both devices are pin-compatible with P4 and P3 platform products to provide seamless roadmap scalability from two 2.2 GHz cores up to four and eight 1.5 GHz cores.

In addition to powering P5 level products, 64-bit e5500 cores will be incorporated into future generations of QorIQ architectures. The new core includes enhancements to support many-core SoC implementations, as well as heterogeneous multicore processors which integrate StarCore and Power Architecture technologies in the same device.

The P5020 and P5010 devices are manufactured in 45nm process technology. A RAID 5/6 engine accelerates parity calculations for storage applications, making it ideal for enterprise storage area networks (SAN) and enterprise Network Attached Storage (NAS) solutions. An upgraded Serial RapidIO (v1.3 + 2.0) supports higher bandwidth, and a message manager introduces support for Type 9 (data streaming) and improves Type 11 (messaging) transactions. The P5020 also offers integrated SATA, PCI-E Gen 2 controllers, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, 5x 1Gigabit Ethernet, and two USB with integrated PHYs, to provide a highly integrated, high performance processor ideal for networking, industrial and data center applications.

While many current 32-bit systems have become memory bound, the P5020 increases the flat addressable memory space to 64GB. For industrial engineers requiring additional floating point performance, the P5020 offers an IEEE Standard 754 double-precision floating point unit, providing 2x single precision and 4x double precision floating point performance over previous e500 products.

More info: Freescale QorIQ Communications Platforms