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Power architecture processor core based ICs from e2v for aero/defence embedded systems

Date: 17/06/2013
e2v has announced its Qorivva microcontrollers for hi-rel market such as aerospace and defense. The power architecture e200z7 processor core based PC5674F runs up to 264MHz and embeds advanced features such as a Single Instruction Multiple Data (SIMD) capable Floating Point Unit (FPU) for digital signal processing, a 32 entry Memory Management Unit (MMU) and a 32KB L1 cache. The PC5674F features the eTPU2 time processor unit, an advanced programmable I/O controller that allows the processor to perform complex timing and I/O management independently from the core. In addition, PC5674F offers several communication interfaces, including FlexCAN, eSCI, DSPI, as well as an External Bus Interface (EBI).

This high-end microcontroller also features 4MB of on-chip flash memory with Error Correction Code (ECC), reducing PCB footprint and complexity. An integrated 64 channels Quad 12bit ADC allows the PC5674F to receive signals directly from sensors, eliminating the need for some analog components on the board.

Eric Marcelot, marketing manager at e2v said “The PC5674F is a great addition to our portfolio of processors for aerospace and defence. Very low power processing elements within the full military temperature range are key for embedded applications such as distributed avionics. We expect that this high-reliability microcontroller will allow our customers to build innovative systems for next generation aircraft.”

e2v will offer PC5674F in a 516-ball PBGA package with RoHS-compliant or leaded finish options. In addition to military temperature range availability (-55°C to +125°C), e2v also plans to develop a 150°C high-temperature screened version of the processor for customers that will require temporary exposure to extreme environments.

e2v also announced the availability of their P2041 and P3041 processors. These are extended-reliability versions of Freescale’s quad core QorIQ processors for power-sensitive and computation intensive applications for demanding environments such as aerospace and defence.

The P2041 processor is the entry-level member of this family and features embedded data path acceleration that simplifies and improves design capabilities based on multicore environments. The P3041 is pin-to-pin and software compatible with processors from the QorIQ P4 and P5 series (specifically the P4080 octal core processor already available from e2v), offering customers a good level of design flexibility.

Both of the new e2v QorIQ processors combine four Power Architecture e500mc cores that can run up to 1.5 GHz, enabling high-performance computing with a low-power budget in the 13W range. The P2041 and P3041 processors also feature data path acceleration for optimized multicore network processing, 3 levels of memory cache, DDR3/3L memory controllers with error correction code and a broad set of high-speed communication peripherals. In addition, the trust architecture implemented in the e500mc core and peripherals enables aerospace and defence customers to design systems with the highest possible security level.

Both devices are manufactured using an advanced 45 nanometres SOI process. The P2041 processor is offered in a small footprint 780-balls BGA package while the P3041 processor is available in a 1295-balls BGA package pin-to-pin compatible with processors from the QorIQ P4 and P5 series.

Eric Marcelot, marketing manager at e2v said “The QorIQ P2041 and P3041 processors provided by e2v will allow high-level computing which will match the requirements in military and civil avionics. The quad core integrated processors from the QorIQ P2 and P3 families are key components to enhance Swap characteristics of military and aerospace electronics.”

Both P2041 and P3041 processors are now available from e2v with extended temperature (-40°C to +110°C) and RoHS compliant packaging. In response to aerospace and defence demands for specific non-RoHS electronics, e2v intends to release leaded versions of P2041 and P3041 processors with full qualification up to military temperature range (-55°C to +125°). The qualification work is currently being performed and should be completed before the end of 2013. In the meantime, samples of the leaded version of P2041 and P3041 are available now, allowing customers to initiate their design work.

Leaded QorIQ processors from e2v are provided with full manufacturer warranty and included in the e2v semiconductor lifecycle management (SLiM), programme securing long term availability.

Source: e2v