Freescale Semiconductor reveals new PPC roadmap
Date 28-Apr-2004 13:40:50
Topic: Hardware News
|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.