AltiVec Software Libraries Now Available for Freescale QorIQ T4240 Processor

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AltiVec Software Libraries Now Available for Freescale QorIQ T4240 Processor

Next-generation AltiVec engine advances code performance with 172 GFLOPS of vector processing for embedded computing applications

PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Freescale Semiconductor's (NYS: FSL) flagship QorIQ T4240 communications processor is now available with AltiVec software libraries provided by Mentor Graphics Corporation. Running on the next-generation AltiVec engine, the signal-processing libraries allow customers to realize super-computing performance from Freescale's QorIQ T series processors while adhering to the size, weight and power requirements of embedded computing.

The AltiVec engine is a distinguishing feature of Freescale's QorIQ T series processors, offering 172 GFLOPS of vector processing - more than seven times the performance of Freescale's previous AltiVec-enabled device. AltiVec technology addresses high-bandwidth data processing and algorithmic-intensive computations for applications such as networking, medical and industrial imaging, printing and aerospace and defense. With the engine's single instruction, multiple data (SIMD) signal processing, customers can improve the performance of their new or pre-existing AltiVec code, while building smarter and more capable autonomous equipment.

The Mentor Embedded Performance Library for Freescale's AltiVec technology is available now for download from Mentor Graphics in binary form at no cost. Easier to use than ever, this rich software helps increase developer productivity and speed product development for 32-bit and 64-bit applications.

"These new software libraries help enable AltiVec technology better than ever before, allowing our customers to fully leverage the ultra-high performance of AltiVec vector processing technology from Freescale," said Raja Tabet, vice president of software and systems for Freescale's Digital Networking business. "There is an exceptionally large code base written for Freescale's AltiVec engine, and now customers can significantly enhance the performance of that code using the state-of-the-art QorIQ T4240 processor with Mentor Graphics' software."

Mentor Graphics' low-level High Performance Computing (HPC) library of advanced math and signal processing functions provides a robust embedded software foundation for fast, reliable development of end-user software. The library of functions includes more than 250 math and signal processing functions such as Fast Fourier Transforms (FFT), convolutions, correlations, FIR filters, IIR filters, element-wise vector functions and linear algebra functions.

"Freescale's newest QorIQ AltiVec processing engine offers the opportunity for software developers to achieve outstanding performance," said Mark Mitchell, general manager for open-source solutions, Mentor Graphics. "Unlocking that performance requires sophisticated software that makes use of the SIMD instruction set. Mentor Graphics hand-crafted routines for hundreds of common use cases to make it easier for Freescale's customers to build compelling new T4240-based products with truly exceptional embedded performance."

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More enablement options for the QorIQ T4240 processor

In addition to the availability of Mentor's new software, Freescale ecosystem partner Creative Electronic Systems (CES) recently introduced the first commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS) board solution based on the QorIQ T4240 device. The CES offering is a 3U VPX single board computer which integrates a QorIQ T4240 processor. The system is engineered for embedded, high-performance computing platforms in the aerospace and defense market.

"CES is excited to leverage Freescale's highly advanced QorIQ T series processors, featuring next-generation AltiVec technology," said Herve Garchette, chief executive officer for CES. "We have built a comprehensive solution based on the QorIQ T4240 processor, featuring support for multiple operating systems and the enhanced software libraries from Mentor Graphics. Our new platform provides developers a high-performance, turnkey solution designed to speed new product development."

About the QorIQ T4240 processor

The first SoC in the QorIQ T series, Freescale's flagship 28-nm T4240 has 12 physical dual-threaded cores supporting 24 virtual cores. With frequencies scaling to 1.8 GHz, large caches, hardware acceleration and advanced system peripherals, these products target applications that benefit from consolidation of control and data plane processing in a single SoC. Delivering DSP-level floating point performance, AltiVec technology is built into Freescale's multithreaded, 64-bit Power Architecture® e6500 core, which is a key element of Freescale's QorIQ T series of multicore processors.

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About Freescale

Freescale Semiconductor  (NYS: FSL) is a global leader in embedded processing solutions, providing industry leading products that are advancing the automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets. From microprocessors and microcontrollers to sensors, analog integrated circuits and connectivity - our technologies are the foundation for the innovations that make our world greener, safer, healthier and more connected. Some of our key applications and end-markets include automotive safety, hybrid and all-electric vehicles, next generation wireless infrastructure, smart energy management, portable medical devices, consumer appliances and smart mobile devices. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing and sales operations around the world.

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