AMCC Introduces PowerPC 440EPr Embedded Processor

Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (NASDAQ: AMCC), a global leader in embedded Power Architecture(tm) processing, optical transport and storage solutions, announced the newest member of its Power Architecture family, the PowerPC® 440EPr processor. The outstanding balance of performance and affordability makes the PowerPC 440EPr the ideal choice for a wide range of cost sensitive applications, such as secure gateway solutions, network appliances, multifunction printing platforms, networking line cards and other embedded systems.

The PowerPC 440EPr features up to 500MHz of processing speed, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, 32 bit PCI, USB2.0, support for 32-bit DDR2 high performance memory and an integrated Turbo Security Engine, while offering typical power dissipation of only 3.5 Watts. The PowerPC 440EPr is offered for cost sensitive customers who still require the 1000 DMIPS performance and features of the superscalar 440 processor core.

“AMCC has used its expertise with the Power Architecture to develop a processor that has a well-tuned balance of power and features, yet at very attractive prices,” noted Linley Gwennap, principal analyst of The Linley Group. “Customers will welcome this new product.”

In addition, the PowerPC 440EPr includes a high performance double precision floating point unit compatible with the IEEE® 754 floating point standards, resulting in exceptional performance for print and image processing and other compute intensive applications. The Turbo Security Engine in the PowerPC 440EPr supports a broad range of standards-based security protocols, such as IPSec, SRTP and SSL and delivers outstanding throughput across the full range of packet sizes. The 440EPr USB2.0 port can operate in either Host or Device mode and features an integrated PHY to further reduce system design costs and complexity.

To assist customers with rapid product development, the PowerPC 440EPr is supported by an extensive ecosystem of products and services from a wide range of industry-leading suppliers, via AMCC’s Partner Program. AMCC’s Partner Program includes companies that provide embedded operating systems, hardware and software development tools, software platforms, board level products, system design services, complementary silicon products and even technical training.

Customers can start developing software now for the Power PC 440EPr processor, using AMCC’s “Sequoia” evaluation kit. This evaluation kit includes a custom, Linux® based evaluation board, software development tools from Denx and Corelis, and a Resource CD with benchmarks and sample applications.

The PowerPC 440EPr will begin sampling in Q2 of this year.

About AMCC
AMCC provides leadership semiconductor solutions to process, transport, and store digital information for the world’s wired and wireless networks. As a leading supplier of Power Architecture(tm) based processors and with world-class expertise in SONET and Ethernet protocol processing and PHY technology and Storage processors and RAID controllers, our products are the foundation of the IP Communications Revolution. AMCC’s 3ware® SAS and SATA RAID product families deliver cost-effective, high-performance, high-capacity storage for enterprises and consumers worldwide for applications from the desktop to the data center.

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