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Energy-Efficient Processor Family Targets 1-Watt Video-Enabled Devices

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A product family of energy-efficient embedded processors provides a small form factor for Power Architecture-based performance and a broad range of peripherals for energy-efficient consumer devices ranging from gateways, control panels and energy meters to network attached storage systems, consumer Wi-Fi access points, IP phones, residential gateways, and connected displays. Each of the System-on-a-Chip (SoC) devices in the APM8018x family from Applied Micro is designed to deliver server-class processing performance in embedded systems that require less than 1W of operating power and low bill-of-material cost. 

Dramatic increases in volume for user-generated content (UGC) such as photos, music and video require large amounts of storage space and networking performance. Additionally, digital televisions and displays require direct Internet connections for IP content download and streaming of HD video. End-users are sensitive to ease-of-use issues and manufacturers for newly enabled Over-the-Top (OTT) features such as Hulu, YouTube, or Netflix. The APM8018x family is designed to deliver the performance that enables new applications. In connected displays for example, the APM8018x family serves as network co-processor to a video processing subsystem for Internet downloads.

The APM8018x family supports CPU frequencies up to 800 MHz. High-speed inter-chip and networking connectivity is key to the SoC’s delivery of high performance at low power dissipation, and each family member is enabled with a number of high-speed interfaces such as PCIe, SATA, GigE, SDIO, TDM and USB 2.0. The high integration and small footprint help drive minimal bill-of-material costs for embedded platforms. Estimated performance is 912 Dhrystone MIPS and typical power consumption is 0.3 watts in standby mode, and up to 1.5 watts at 600 MHz.

The AppliedMicro APM8018x family will come in three variants: 8018x-400, the 8018x-600, and 8018x-800 and will be available in two different packages in 10x10mm BGA and 14x14mm BGA. Samples of the processor are expected in June 2010 and full production quantities are scheduled for the third quarter. Pricing is under $10 for 10,000-unit quantities.

AppliedMicro, Sunnyvale, CA. (408) 542-8600. [www.appliedmicro.com].