Monday, March 30, 2009

Freescale Accelerates Multicore 45-nm Silicon for Next-Gen Systems

Citing strong demand from wireless infrastructure equipment manufacturers targeting advanced 3G and 4G systems, Freescale Semiconductor is accelerating availability of key communications products based on 45-nm process technology.

Specifically, Freescale is now sampling the PowerQUICC MPC8569E processor, the dual-core QorIQ P2020 device and the six-core MSC8156 StarCore digital signal processor (DSP). The devices are sampling to more than a dozen OEM customers and are actively being used in the development of next-generation infrastructure solutions. Customer validation/bring-up activities have continued on or ahead of schedule and volume production is expected to begin in 45-nm at the end of 2009.

"In the current economic environment, it is encouraging to see tremendous worldwide demand for enabling technology that facilitates deployment of broadband infrastructure equipment for advanced 3G and 4G networks," said Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager of Freescale's Networking and Multimedia Group. "By accelerating delivery of our high-performance 45-nm products to customers, Freescale is playing a key role in delivering the performance and cost reductions required to bring next-generation networks to life."