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Hardware News   Hardware News : Freescale Semiconductor reveals new PPC roadmap
   posted by Eric_S on 28-Apr-2004 14:33:13 (2711 reads)
Freescale Semiconductor (formerly Motorola) reveals new PPC roadmap.

Link to source site and full announcement.


SMART NETWORKS DEVELOPER FORUM, DALLAS ? April 27, 2004 ? Underscoring its longstanding commitment to the PowerPC instruction set architecture, Freescale Semiconductor, a wholly owned subsidiary of Motorola Inc. (NYSE:MOT), today announced a roadmap for next-generation PowerPC® processor cores designed to provide the processing intelligence for Freescale?s system-on-chip (SoC) platforms. These SoC platforms encompass both standard and semicustom IC products that deliver scalable performance, connectivity and integration for the networking, communications and pervasive computing markets.

Delivering Higher Performance: The e600 and e700 Cores and Platforms
The next planned step in Freescale?s performance roadmap is the e600 core and corresponding e600 platform. An enhanced version of the high-performance G4 core used in the award-winning, high-performance MPC74xx family of PowerPC host processors, the e600 core is planned to scale beyond 2 GHz and to support chip multiprocessing (CMP) while maintaining full compatibility with the PowerPC instruction set architecture. Like its G4 predecessor, the superscalar e600 core is designed to issue four instructions per clock cycle (three instructions plus one branch) into eleven independent execution units, and to include a full 128-bit implementation of Freescale's advanced AltiVec Single Instruction Multiple Data (SIMD) vector processing technology.

Freescale Semiconductor also disclosed today at SNDF its plans to develop the next-generation 32/64-bit e700 PowerPC core and corresponding e700 platform. Processor products engineered around Freescale?s forthcoming e700 SoC platform are planned to be capable of running both 32-bit and 64-bit software and scaling to 3 GHz and beyond in next-generation process technologies.


A link[.pdf] to the new roadmap.

It might allso be noted that all of the details on this roadmap are "forward-looking" ie nothing has yet been set in stone. Read p.2 of the above linked pdf for more details.
    

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Re: Freescale Semiconductor reveals new PPC roadmap
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And as a side note,

MAI has decided to postpone there ArticiaP chip to Q3-2004 Link.

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The same goes for the Sa


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Freescale Semiconductor (formerly Motorola) reveals new PPC roadmap


I thought that Motorola had changed its name (as implied above) but Freescale is nothing more then a subsidury of Motorola. I wondered why Motorola would change thier name, as they are so well known as Moto


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Engineering Samples in Q3 2004 for the Artica P ... damn! Do they expect to sell any products at all?!

This, and other issues really doesn't engender any confidence in MAI.

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My understanding is that Freescale is on its own in several months. However Motorola will own some stock in the company for sometime.

More interesting to me is, that Freescale is doing anything with PowerPC. I had talks with Motorola some 3-4 years ago and at the time they were talking no future new products.


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I had talks with Motorola some 3-4 years ago and at the time they were talking no future new products.


Were you doing some kind of PowerPC project back then?


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@Eric_S:

I wonder how that's going to impact the microATX AmigaOne, is Alan going to basically keep waiting until the new chips are manufactured (AFAIK "engineering samples" does not equal "full-scale production"), or is he going to just keep on using the (quickly ageing) Articia S? (or blow the whole thing off and use the IBM or Marvell chips instead)

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The XC was planned for some time late this year, so no I don't think that any plans will change.

Question is if the XC has been postponed to "later" this year because of this, or if it's the Articia P that has been postponed as Alan don't want anybody moaning about slow releases of new hardware or him holding back. For all we know Eyetech could be the only one interested in the Articia P atm...

But what worries me most is if/how any of this could affect(s) the Articia I or Is.

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@Codesmith/Eric_S

That date has been puhsed for the xxx time, and I remember it once being Q3/2002 .....

Even IF they make it till Q3, engeneering samples means just that, and such were available for the ArticiaS as early as 2000 ! This would be the 1st revision of the chip, with no bugs ironed out (and there will be bugs just like in any other IC), and no suitable mobo to run it. I would say 1 year is the absolute minimum to get these done, so A1-XC for Christmas 2005 would still be a tough call.

Eyetech can't just use IBM/Marvell chips as none of these have reference-designs suitable for end-consumers (lots of weird options, lots of basics just missing) that the A1s could be based on, and finding a design-company that could pop up a complete board, starting from just the chip and schematics, and capable of doing it at a small budget and in reasonable time ......


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I wonder if the "Freescale Semiconductor" roadmap for the 9S12 microcontrollers ends with "abandon ship". Because that is what I'm doing, if H8 etc. are less pain...

Hmm... /me searches for roadmaps on mot.com...

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