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Freescale Releases 28nm 12-Core and 8-Core 64-bit Power CPUs


While there are a lot of manufacturers that scramble for the limelight, there are companies that work in silence and release advanced products without much fanfare. At the recent Linley Tech Data Center Conference held in San Jose, CA – Freescale introduced its first multithreaded processors.

Freescale T4240 12-core CPU diagram

The company announced two models from its QorIQ T-Series AMP processors manufactured in 28nm process, operating at frequencies up to 1.8GHz. T4240 is a 12-core, 24-thread processor, while T4160 is an 8-core, 16-thread processor (essentially a value version). Both are based on the new 64-bit Power e6500 dual-threaded core which was launched at the last years Freescale Technology Forum in San Antonio, TX.

E6500 PowerPC core is not the only innovation – T4240 and T4160 support The processor comes with 768KB of L1, 6MB of L2 and 6MB of Platform Cache. This is combined with support for contemporary memory standard (192-bit, triple-channel DDR3), Interlaken-LA interface as well as PCI Express 3.0 support. Furthermore, the CPU integrates USB 2.0 and dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet.

Unlike the general purpose processors, Freescale?s models target telecoms and we?re not surprised to see deep packet inspection, new security engine (hardware encryption and decryption). Furthermore, the Power e6500 core features AltiVec extensions, which were last seen on the PowerPC-based Macintosh computers.