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Multicore is mandatory, claims Freescale CEO

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Beyer’s comments supported the official announcement of Freescale’s latest QorIQ family, the PowerPC based Advanced Multiprocessing series (AMP), adding that in the future, multicore solutions will not only be mandatory but they must also scale with the application, in order to maintain the power/performance balance.

This resonates with the company’s decision to develop the ARM Cortex-based i.MX series which spans single, dual and now quad Cortex-A9 based processors. In five years Beyer expects tablets to outship PCs and believes they will be optimised for content consumption. However, he also defended the company’s decision to leave the baseband market and stated that through strategic partnerships Freescale can be a major supplier to the tablet and mobile device market.

Beyer believes the industry is now looking for a new breed of mobile processors, which will need to be OS-compatible, scaleable and lower power than those available today. This was punctuated by the first public demonstration of working silicon for the iMX 6 Series application processor; a quad-core ARM device. Freescale continues to support both the ARM and PowerPC architectures and, according to Senior VP and General Manager of the Networking and Multimedia Group, Lisa Su, hasn’t ruled out taking a MIPS license in the future.

This reflects the company’s strategy to create devices that are less general purpose and more application specific, by assessing the best solution for developing embedded proceessors that address specific market requirements. However, Su stated that the company is unlikely to use the Cortex-A15 core in its communication processors, while it was confirmed that the multimedia group will be bringing an -A15 based product to market in the near future.


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