Product watch -- We mentioned AMCC's 440EPx embedded processor and 440SPe storage processor yesterday -- read on for more technical data on the two PowerPC SoCs.
The 440EPx is a low-power SoC targeting "pervasive computing" applications, such as printing systems, industrial control, wireless LAN access points and other general embedded apps. It is also suitable for VPN (virtual private network) gateway devices and secure Internet-based transaction-processing systems requiring throughputs up to 500Mbps, according to AMCC. It should dissipate only 5 Watts at its maximum clock rate of 667MHz. In addition to gigabit Ethernet and USB, the chip integrates a "Turbo Security Engine" for accelerating the processing of standards-based security protocols such as IPSec and SSL. It carries a high-performance double-precision FPU, dual gigabit Ethernet interfaces, a high-speed USB 2.0 Host and Device controllers with integrated on-chip PHY, 32-/64-bit DDR I or DDR II SDRAM controller with optional ECC support, 16KB of on-chip memory, and a 32-bit PCI interface.
The 440SPe storage processor targets internal and external RAID controllers for SAN, NAS, and DAS (direct-attached storage) systems, as well as iSCSI applications, when combined with AMCC's 440GX front-end for iSCSI applications. A new version of the 440SPe, just released to production, supports clock-rates up to 800MHz (1,600 MIPS) in Dhrystone benchmark testing. It integrates RAID5 and RAID6 acceleration, as well as three PCI Express interfaces. --ks