Marvell Discovery reaches level VI: Marvell Semiconductors announced the Marvell Discovery VI, the newest version of system controller for PowerPC processor-based systems; this version incorporates an innovative crossbar architecture, advanced I/O peripherals, and optimized interfaces, making it ideal for high-performance and cost-sensitive applications. The Discovery VI integrates dual x4 PCI Express interfaces, two USB 2.0 ports, multiple Gigabit Ethernet ports, SATA, security engine, and clock on a single chip; it supports up to a 240MHz PowerPC CPU interface and integrates a 533MHz DDR2 memory controller. The on-chip crossbar fabric with any-to-any connectivity enables concurrent transactions among multiple units, allowing system designers to build high-performance scalable systems. Complete development platforms for Discovery VI, including for the Freescale MPC7448A and IBM PowerPC 750CL/FL, are available; reference design platforms, including software drivers and board support packages for VxWorks and Linux, are also included.
Product watch: New PowerPC system controller from Marvell