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Hardware News   Hardware News : Freescale unveils next-generation QorIQ platform
   posted by gregthecanuck on 21-Jun-2011 8:08:43 (7661 reads)
Link: Freescale Drives Embedded Multicore Innovation with New QorIQ Advanced Multiprocessing Series



In summary:
- announces new E6500 64bit core
- multithreaded (2 threads per core)
- up to 2.5Ghz clock rate
- 28nm process
- Altivec
- first chip is 12 core/24thread beast, T4240
- availability "early 2012" - typical Freescale

Looks like a good next-generation candidate for the X1000 series. By the time these are mature the timing should be about right.

Quoting directly from press release:

The AMP series consists of three levels of products within a scalable portfolio, initially spanning from ultra-high-performance processors featuring 24 virtual cores down to single-core products.

Control plane processors (service provider routers, storage networks)
Up to 6 cores running at up to 2.5 GHz
Greater than 6 MB L2 cache

High-end data plane processors (routers, switches, access gateways, mil/aero applications)
Up to 24 virtual cores running at up to 2.0 GHz
50 Gbps IP forwarding capability
Advanced application acceleration

Low-end data plane processors (media gateways, network attached storage, integrated services router)
Up to 8 virtual cores running up to 1.6 GHz
Advanced application acceleration
Less than 10W power

Freescale's first product in the QorIQ AMP series, the T4240 device, integrates a host of hardware accelerators with 12 dual-threaded e6500 cores, providing 24 threads to address high-end data plane processing applications. Dual-threaded efficiency, improved DMIPs per thread and higher frequency deliver 4x performance gain and more than 2x power efficiency gain over the previous-generation QorIQ P4080 device. Advanced capabilities allow for intelligent sharing and duplication of resources between threads and a larger amount of on-die cache per core. Application examples for the T4240 device include metro carrier edge routers, access gateways and aerospace/defense products. Freescale will provide more details regarding the T4240 product later this year. The device is planned for initial availability in early 2012.
    

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Re: Freescale unveils next-generation QorIQ platform
Posted on 24-Jun-2011 9:21:50
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@DAX
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that is using the GPU tech integrated in the CPU package we are only concerned about the cores here, as you can a mounstrous GPU to such a system and have overall Gflops way stronger thant the weak (for today) 600 stream processors.

One problem, AMD APU and AMD GPU can form a hybrid CrossFire.

The CE market doesn't care about the artificial CPU or GPU seperation, hence why AMD APUs is killing Intel's Atom. This is limited by AMD's supply chain. Likewise with ARM SoC. The market has little love for Intel Atom + NV ION combo.

As demo'ed from AMD's Fusion summit, MS C++ AMP program can use the entire compute resource in a machine. Treats the GpGPU as a first class math co-processor.

AMD Southern-Islands GPU (H2 2011) has AMD64 MMU i.e. AMD64 pointer passing.

Current AMD APUs has additional features that enables CPU and GPU to quickly share data.


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Could be, but it's not about the general market I am concerned but an eventual X2000 that by combining a powerful CPU+ a powerful GPU ends up comparing better (not beating) to PC stuff, than Amiga HW does today.
That CPU is quite strong and if you add a 1500+ stream processors GPU you have quite a beast.
Yes I know you can cook up even better stuff on PC because by the time it comes out new PC stuff will be out too (by the way, by the time Aeon will shop for the X2000 cpu, the successor to this e6500 will also be out...), but the point here is creating a powerful Amiga after the X1000 with competent performance and not the end all computer of the gods, and this new line-up could serve us well for such purpose.


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