Freescale Semiconductor announced the QorIQ Qonverge base station-on-chip devices. The QorIQ Qonverge processor family consists of four distinct products optimized for small cell (femto and pico) and large cell (metro and macro) applications. The family also supports remote radio head and emerging cloud-based radio access network (C-RAN) configurations. The first QorIQ Qonverge devices are the 45nm PSC9130/PSC9131 femto SoCs and PSC9132 picocell/enterprise femto SoC devices. They will be available in the second half of 2011. 28nm processors targeting larger cell (metro and macro) base stations will also be available later this year.
Semitech Semiconductor introduced their SM2101 FSK/BPSK based power line transceiver. The SM2101 is ideal for Advance Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Automated Meter Reading (AMR) applications. The SM2101 is based on the SM6401. However, the SM2101 does not include embedded Flash and application microcontroller (MCU) to lower the cost for high volume PLC applications on low or medium voltage power line networks. The SM2101 is now sampling.
Semitech Semiconductor launched the SM2200 OFDMA (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access) based power line transceiver. The smart grid SM2200 includes a packet data modem with a simple physical layer protocol. When combined with a microcontroller (MCU), the chip is a cost effective solution for data links and point-to-point, star or ad hoc networks. The SM2200 IC is ideal for metering infrastructure and automated meter reading, street lighting control, smart energy home area networking, home automation, building automation, and other deployments requiring communications over an existing power line. The OFDMA power line communication transceiver is sampling now.
Freescale Semiconductor announced the sub-$10 MPC830x PowerQUICC II Pro Architecture processors. The MPC830x communications processors consist of the MPC8308, MPC8309 and MPC8306/8306S. The MPC830x is ideal for line cards, industrial applications, WLAN access points, intelligent NIC equipment, smart energy gateways, and general purpose control functions. Suggested resale pricing in 10,000 quantities ranges from $7.36 (USD) for the MPC8306 to $9.94 (USD) for the MPC8308. The MPC8308 is shipping in volume production now. Limited samples for the MPC8306/8306S and MPC8309 are now available with volume production for these devices expected in December 2010 and March 2011 respectively.
American Portwell Technology introduced the CAR-4003 1U network communications appliance. The CAR-4003 supports the quad-core Intel Xeon processor X3400, L3400 (formerly codenamed Lynnfield), Intel Core i5, and Core i3 (formerly codenamed Clarkdale) processors. The communications appliance features four DIMM slots with high speed 1333MHz dual-channel DDR3 ECC memory, dual x8 PCI Express Gen2 slot (8 GB/s bi-directional), two PCI-E x8 interface, fiber and copper port connections, 2×16 character LCD display module options, VGA pin-header, one 3.5″ or two 2.5″ Serial ATA Hard Disk Drive, and one on-board CompactFlash slot.
ACCES I/O Products introduced the PCIe-COM family of PCI Express serial communication cards. PCIe-COM features both DB9 and RJ45 connectivity and a selection of 8, 4, or 2-ports of software selectable RS-232, RS-422, and RS-485 serial protocols. The serial communication cards include a x1 lane PCI Express connector which can be used in any available x1, x2, x4, x8, x12, or x16 PCI Express expansion slot. Prices range from $179 to $549, depending on model. The PCIe-COM is ideal for retail, hospitality, automation, gaming, defense, point of sale, and kiosk systems.
Freescale Semiconductor launched their QorIQ P3041 communications processors. Key features include a three-level cache hierarchy for optimized latencies, a hardware hypervisor for robust support of multiple operating systems within the device, a trusted boot architecture to ensure code is not tampered with or reverse engineered, efficient data path handling, and improved Serial RapidIO and SATA IP. The P3041 communications processor is scheduled to start sampling in Q4 2010 with qualification planned for 2H 2011.
The Lanner LEC-3000 embedded computer features the VIA Eden processor, VX800 chipset, 4 COM ports, ESD protection, cableless and fanless SFF chassis, and an extended temperature operation (-20° to 55° Celsius). Other features include VGA, 4 USB, 2 GbE LAN, a RJ45 console port, a DIO port with (4 in / 4 out), a CF socket and a PCI/104 slot for proprietary expansion purposes. The LEC-3000 can run Embedded Windows XP, Windows XP 32 bit, and Linux Kernel (2.4.16 and above). It is ideal for deployment in automation environments.
Texas Instruments (TI) announced the DM368EUCDK embedded USB camera development kit and DM368ECDK embedded communications development kit. The embedded video development kits feature interactive HD video communications, improved image quality, and intelligent video encoding. The embedded development kits also provide up to a 5 times reduction in encoding bit rate for improved video quality and network bandwidth. The DM368EUCDK is priced at USD $795 and the DM368ECDK is priced at USD $1,195.
The Rabbit 6000 is an embedded wireless communications and control System on Chip (SoC) for industrial automation applications. The Rabbit 6000 combines wireless communications and an industrial control feature set on a single chip to reduce the time to market of network-enabled industrial devices. The Rabbit 6000 features 10/100 Base-T Ethernet, secure 802.11a/b/g, WPA2 support, Pulse Width Modulation (PWM), Pulse Position Modulation (PPM), Quadrature decoder outputs, an on board analog-to-digital (A/D) converter, USB 2.0 full-speed host, and two on-board Flexible Interface Modules (FIMs).