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September 17, 2009

Freescale Unveils Quad-Core QorIQ P4040 Processor

An Austin, Texas-based provider of embedded semiconductors, Freescale Semiconductors has announced it added the QorIQ P4040 processor to its line of multicore platforms.

The four-core version of Freescale’s flagship P4080 processor, the QorIQ P4040 processor, comes in a sub-15 watt typical power envelope and delivers low-power solutions for applications requiring optimal performance. The solution integrates four e500mc cores through Power Architecture technology.
The QorIQ P4040 processor has pin and code compatibility with the eight-core P4080 device which allows customers to migrate between processors. This also makes it possible to scale up across Freescale’s multicore offerings.
Also, by bringing together control, datapath and application layer processing, the new processor brings down part counts, system costs and product footprints. The new solution finds wide application in wireless infrastructure, enterprise routing and switching.
 “Market adoption for the QorIQ P4080 processor has been outstanding, and Freescale is now expanding the scalability of its QorIQ P4 platform via the new quad-core P4040 offering,” said Brett Butler, vice president and general manager of Freescale’s Networking Processor (News - Alert) Products.
“The P4040’s exceptional performance and power profiles, together with the availability of an impressive range of enablement solutions makes the new device a compelling option for networking and communications equipment markets.”
Powered by the 45-nm process technology, the P4040 is equipped with dual memory controllers and the same advanced caching, interconnect acceleration and high-speed I/O technologies as the P4080 processor. In addition, P4080’s embedded hypervisor and Datapath Acceleration Architecture technologies are a part of the P4040.

Divya Narain is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Divya’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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