AMCC Launches PowerPC 460EX Embedded Processors

Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (NASDAQ:AMCC) announced the newest member of its embedded processor family of products, the PowerPC— 460EX, at this week’s Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose. Based on the Power Architecture(TM) standard, the 460EX is designed for a wide range of high performance applications including multifunction printing, networking, home gateway and general embedded processor requirements.

“The 460EX meets the demands of product developers who are seeking an embedded processor that offers higher performance, greater connectivity options, lower power consumption and improved levels of security,” said Sam Fuller, vice president of marketing for AMCC. “With PCI Express, PCI, USB, SATA and Gigabit Ethernet all standard features on the 460EX, this new embedded processor further reinforces AMCC’s reputation as a leading innovator and product supplier in the embedded processor market.”

Based on a 90 nm CMOS— technology, the 460EX offers a significant increase in performance, increased memory capacity and bandwidth, standards-based connectivity, reduced power dissipation, and enhanced security processing acceleration. The 460EX is instruction set compatible with all other AMCC Power Architecture products and applications. The 460EX can be easily migrated from both AMCC processors and those of other Power Architecture vendors in order to deliver upgraded performance and functionality to product designers and engineers.

“For high-end enterprise printing and imaging, vendors continue to add features to their multi-function printers (MFPs) to meet growing end-user demand,” observed Linley Gwennap, principal analyst of The Linley Group. “AMCC’s 460EX will enable product developers to reduce both design and manufacturing costs for their MFPs, while offering enhancements such as increased printing speed and more color options.”

The Power Architecture core of the 460EX delivers a frequency ranging from 667MHz to 1.2GHz with 2.0 Dhrystone MIPS/MHz. This processing throughput is significantly higher than is available from most competitive core offerings. Extensive memory support includes 32-Kbyte Instruction and Data Caches, an on chip 256-Kbyte L2 cache and an additional 64-Kbytes of on-chip memory mapped SRAM. The 460EX also supports up to four banks of DDR2 SDRAM memory and a maximum capacity of 16 Gbytes.

The 460EX features a wide range of peripheral integration and connectivity options. The processor has two independent PCI Express interfaces and a 32-bit PCI V2.3 interface; two integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports with TCP/IP acceleration, quality of service (QoS) and Jumbo Frame support; a USB 2.0 On-The-Go interface in addition to a separate USB 2.O Host Interface, an on-chip SATA controller and a 32-bit external peripheral bus interface. This is the first Power Architecture SoC design to include an integrated SATA controller to meet the growing demand of customers looking for integrated SATA disk drive connectivity.

The 460EX features a best-in-class Turbo Security Engine that supports standard security protocols such as IPSec—, SSL(TM) and DTLS. The Turbo Security Engine attaches directly to the processor bus for the fastest possible system throughput. The engine also features Public Key Acceleration and True Random Number Generation, as well as full header/trailer protocol processing. It is compliant with FIPS-140-2 and ANSI X9.17 Annex C. The Turbo Security Engine is also designed to aid customers in complying with the proposed IEEE P2600(TM) Standard for Information Technology: Hardcopy Device and System Security.

OEMs face increasingly stringent energy and power requirements for their products in order to meet ENERGY STAR(TM) and similar guidelines set by the EPA and other government organizations. They are seeking reduced power demands from every component integrated into their products. The 460EX is designed to help customers meet these requirements. Typical power dissipation is an estimated 5W @ 1 GHz for the entire chip.

AMCC’s Power Architecture processors are supported by AMCC and more than one hundred third-party vendors who provide a full range of software, boards and development tools necessary for manufacturers to develop products quickly and efficiently.

Availability and Pricing
AMCC will begin product sampling in the third quarter of this year. Distributor suggested resale pricing for the 460EX starts at $50 in 10Ku volumes.

About AMCC
AMCC is a global leader in network and embedded Power Architecture(TM) processing, optical transport and storage solutions. Our products enable the development of converged IP-based networks offering high-speed secure data, high-definition video and high-quality voice for carrier, metropolitan, access and enterprise applications. AMCC provides networking equipment vendors with industry-leading communications processing, Ethernet, SONET and switch fabric solutions. AMCC is also the leading vendor of high-port count SATA RAID controllers enabling low-cost, high-performance, high-capacity storage. AMCC’s corporate headquarters are located in Sunnyvale, California. Sales and engineering offices are located throughout the world.

AMCC is a registered trademark of APPLIED MICRO CIRCUITS CORPORATION. PowerPC is a trademark licensed by IBM Corporation. Power Architecture is a trademark licensed by ENERGY STAR is a trademark of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. IEEE P2600 is a trademark IEEE.