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AltiVec Software Libraries Now Available for Freescale QorIQ T4240 Processor

  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

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PARIS -- June 18, 2013

Freescale Semiconductor’s (NYSE: 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’

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

“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 (NYSE: 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.

Freescale, the Freescale logo, AltiVec and QorIQ are trademarks of Freescale
Semiconductor, Inc., Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. All other product or service
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