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Miscellaneous News   Miscellaneous News : AppliedMicro Introduces APM86491 SoC
   posted by gregthecanuck on 24-Jun-2011 12:19:17 (8645 reads)
Another PPC announcement this week. This time it's Applied Micro's turn.

Note the target pricing quoted near the end of the press release: "Samples of AppliedMicro's APM86491 will be available in the third quarter and high-volume production pricing is under $20. "



Here is another opportunity for a good next-generation Sam460ex. The price is certainly right to help bring out a low-cost entry-level board.

AppliedMicro Introduces APM86491 SoC, Driving High Performance Connectivity in a Richer, More Intelligent Networked Home

Pulled from press release:

"AppliedMicro's APM86491 sets precedence in the industry with the first embedded processor offering two USB 3.0 ports, two PCI Express(R) Gen 2 ports, up to two SATA-II ports and two 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports on a single device. By providing line-rate throughput simultaneously on all high-speed interfaces, the APM86491 delivers the industry's best throughput and performance. It also supports next-generation 802.11ac and advanced 802.11n WLAN compatibility and offers an unprecedented reduction in end system cost. With a rich array of leading edge peripherals, the APM86491 sets new levels of fully leveraged network entertainment and communication. Home appliances equipped with the APM86491 will be able to stream high definition video (1080i/1080p) of feature-length movies or clips while simultaneously enabling other Web2.0 applications to be accessed across a wide variety of connected home applications including NAS content. "

    

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Re: AppliedMicro Introduces APM86491 SoC, Driving High Perfo
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great news lately for new Amiga PPC machines


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Great.


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Good chip for a netbook, but I'd rather see a product based on the APM86290 which has 2 cores at 1.5GHz.

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From http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4216633/Applied-Micro-adds-ARM-core-to-cut-down-security-processor



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The Keelback APM86791 has a single-core, 1.0-GHz PowerPC 465 processor with floating point unit, 32KB L1 I-cache, 32KB D-cache and 256 KB L2 cache with hardware I/O coherency and DDR3 memory controller with optional ECC

...

Samples of the APM86791 are expected in the third quarter with volume production in the first quarter of 2012. Other members of the Packetpro family come in 27x27 HFC-PBGA packages but for the Keelback Applied Micro has been able to move to a smaller 19x19 WB-PBGA package and the device is made on the 40nm TSMC CMOS process

Last edited by Hammer on 25-Jun-2011 at 04:35 AM.
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Good. So the next revision of SAM 460 might actualy get full PCI E bus,
USB 3 and some more options.

Hope Android will get a PPC version


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Hope Android will get a PPC version



Source code of android is avaliable and is a linux derivate so nothing stop you to port* it to whatever you want (there is even a X86 port already)


*I suspect that port android to a Sam board is not more difficult than port any other linux


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Didn't Mentor graphics port Android already?


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Of course, this is not related to AmigaOS in any way.


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Fantastic news, but this machine will runs Amiga OS 4.1?


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This is very relevant to Amigas. It seems to be a good candidate for the next Amiga machines, and as it's PPC architecture, yes it can run AmigaOS 4.x, someone just needs to build the hardware.... but without CPUs like this, there can be no hardware.

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(wishful thinking) Slap it in a laptop and get OS4.1 installed on it, YEAH Amiga heaven


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Android PPC port -> Not enough programming knowledge. If it was a simple recompile, OK but there is hardware to be supported.

However, its good to know its possible.

This is highly relevant since AmigaOS is PPC now and SAM`s are AMCC based.


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Wonder how many people would be ok with Android running on their Sam/A1/Peg or other OS4.x compatible machine?

I quite like Android and think it would be nice to have Android running, it could possibly bring in a larger user base that could then be introduced to OS4.x at a later date.


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At about 1Ghz it's too slow unfortunately.


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At about 1Ghz it's too slow unfortunately.


Still much faster than my Blizzard1230.

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Also faster than a Sam440ep and a bog standard A1G4XE


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"Samples of AppliedMicro's APM86491 will be available in the third quarter and high-volume production pricing is under $20"

Nice!

I vote for this chip to be the CPU of future low end Amigas.


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About 7GHz, too slow unfortunately...


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Oh, come one....We've been waiting for 2 years for A-Eon and Hyperion to produce the X1000 using a processor that's 7 years behind the times in terms of performance. What makes anyone think that they or anyone else will suddenly produce an Amiga using this new processor? And if A-Eon really does intend to produce the X1000, which many still doubt, why would they dump their investment, financial and otherwise, to begin development of a new Amiga using this chip set? Maybe the guys who produce the SAM could pull it off, but the announcement of a new SOC does not equal a new Amiga.

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@ferrels

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that's 7 years behind the times in terms of performance.


I think performance PA6T is similar to Pentium D (or probably faster in some cases) - Pentium D was released in 2005.

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but the announcement of a new SOC does not equal a new Amiga.


Of course. However, this SoC has many good features (1 GHz, SATA, USB 3.0 etc.) and is relatively cheap. It could be ideal solution for any future low-cost PowerPC computer.

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