Sunday, June 3, 2007

AMCC Introduces Processor for APs, Gateways, STBs

Applied Micro Circuits Corporation announced the second member of its embedded processor family -- the PowerPC 405EXr, designed for price and performance in 802.11n and WiMAX-based wireless access points, residential gateways and advanced set-top boxes (STBs). The 405EXr is highly optimized for next generation WLAN applications and shares many features with the recently announced 405EX. While the 405EX is designed for enterprise class applications, the 405EXr, with a single lane of PCI Express and single Gigabit Ethernet port, is optimized for small or medium businesses, residential gateways and high-end SOHO applications.

The 405EXr PCI Express interface provides up to 2.5Gbps of sustained throughput for connectivity for high-performance 802.11n or WiMAX radio chipsets, or to other PCI Express-based chipsets.

The 405EXr includes a triple-speed USB 2.0 On-the-Go port capable of up to 480 Mbps which can be configured as either a device or host. A NAND Flash Controller and a full suite of Serial I/O ports, including UART, IIC, SPI and 32-bit external peripheral bus are additional key connectivity capabilities of the 405EXr.

Separately, AMCC announced a partnership with Senao to develop turnkey, Enterprise Access Point reference design kits.