PMC-SIERRA INTRODUCES 600 MHZ PIN-COMPATIBLE RM7000 64-BIT MIPS-BASED PROCESSORS.
PMC-Sierra (Nasdaq:PMCS) recently introduced the fourth generation of its RM7000 product family, the RM7000C and RM7065C 64-bit MIPS-based processors with maximum production clock speeds of 600 MHz.
The RM7000C and RM7065C carry on PMC-Sierra's legacy of pin- and software compatible solutions, delivering significant performance upgrades to equipment designers. The new processors use an industry leading 0.13 micron, copper-interconnect technology process, which enable power consumption to drop to 2.5 W at 600 MHz. PMC-Sierra's 64-bit MIPS-based processors span a broad range of communications applications from network router control planes and enterprise switches to networked printers and networked set-top boxes.
"PMC-Sierra offers the broadest range of high performance MIPS-based CPUs in the world," said Tom Riordan, vice president and general manager of PMC-Sierra's MIPS Processor Division. "Our new RM7000C and RM7065C processors build upon the extensive commercial success of the RM7000 product family to provide scalable, cost-effective solutions with the best speed-power options available."
The RM7000C delivers a maximum production clock rate of 600 MHz and is also available at a rate of 533 MHz. It provides a pin-compatible speed upgrade for the RM7000B, RM7000A, RM7000 and RM5271. The RM7000C features an external cache controller for up to 64 MB of L3 cache. By providing direct access to a very large SRAM memory cache, application performance increases. The EZ cache mode operation reduces system cost and complexity by enabling the RM7000C to quickly access the off-chip L3 cache without the need for Tag RAMs. For applications where the L3 cache controller functionality is not required, PMC-Sierra offers the RM7065C in a smaller and more cost-effective package.
The RM7000C and RM7065C are PMC-Sierra's first MIPS-based processors to use the latest 0.13 micron low voltage process, which lowers power consumption to 2.5 W at the maximum clock rate of 600 MHz, while increasing performance and reducing die size. Similar to all RM7000 family products, the RM7000C and RM7065C are equipped with 256 KB of integrated Level 2 cache, as well as 16 KB each for the independent Level 1 instruction and data caches. An enhanced system interface on the RM7000C and RM7065C provides compatibility with legacy system controllers (LVTTL levels: 2.5 or 3.3 voltage) to increase speeds up to 133 MHz, as well as next generation controllers (HSTL level: 1.5 voltage) for speeds up to 200 MHz.
The RM7000 family of MIPS-based processors spans a broad range of communications applications from network router control planes and enterprise switches to networked printers and set top boxes. These processors are ubiquitous in IP-based Layer 3 switches, edge and core routers and remote access switches. They are also used for emerging application such as wireless base stations, multi service access platforms, DSLAMs (Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexers), and RAIDs (Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks). PMC-Sierra's MIPS-based processors are used throughout the electronics industry and can be found in networking equipment from companies such as Cisco Systems and Lucent. Within high-end networked printers, the RM7000 MIPS-based product family has secured design wins with industry leaders including Hewlett-Packard, Lexmark and Ricoh.
The MIPS architecture has become one of the most widely licensed, open industry standard architecture in the networking, networked printer and networked consumer markets. PMC-Sierra offers the most comprehensive family of 64-bit MIPS-based processors on the market today, designed with the optimal speed, power and cost solution for these applications. A wide range of development tools and resources are available through third-party development partners. Visit our tools site at http://www.pmc-sierra.com/techSupport/mpdresources.html to see more information on the new Ocelot family of CompactPCI development platforms from Momentum Computer. Board support packages, based on leading operating systems including VxWorks and Linux, are available.
Samples of the RM7000C in a 304 TBGA package will be available in Q2, 2002. Production pricing for the 533 MHz device starts at $106 in 10 KU quantities. Samples of the RM7065C in a 256 TBGA package will also be available in Q2, 2002. Pricing will start at $81 for the 533 MHz devices in 10 KU quantities.
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|Title Annotation:||PMC-Sierra RM7000C and PMC-Sierra RM7065C|
|Comment:||PMC-SIERRA INTRODUCES 600 MHZ PIN-COMPATIBLE RM7000 64-BIT MIPS-BASED PROCESSORS.(PMC-Sierra RM7000C and PMC-Sierra RM7065C)|
|Publication:||EDP Weekly's IT Monitor|
|Article Type:||Product Announcement|
|Date:||Mar 18, 2002|
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