Freescale Debuts ARM®-based QorIQ LS Series Communications Processors

  Freescale Debuts ARM®-based QorIQ LS Series Communications Processors

Featuring the highest level of integration for sub-3 W applications, the
multicore LS1 family opens new markets for Freescale’s QorIQ platform

2013 Linley Tech Processor Conference

Business Wire

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- October 16, 2013

Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) is bringing 20 years of networking IP and
expertise to ARM® processing with its new QorIQ LS1 family of communications
processors based on the core-agnostic, software-aware Layerscape system

The new QorIQ LS1 family of products reinforces Freescale’s market leadership
in communications processors. The devices are engineered to support a broad
range of power-sensitive networking applications, as well as additional
fast-growing product categories including Internet of Things gateways and
industrial automation and control equipment.

Each of the three new QorIQ LS1 family processors features two
reliability-optimized ARM Cortex™-A7 cores. These high-efficiency cores –
typically used in battery-powered applications such as smartphones – have been
enhanced with error detection and correction technology. Pre-silicon analysis
by Freescale indicates the dual Cortex-A7 cores should achieve over 6,000
CoreMarks® of performance at 1 GHz, with typical power at less than 3 W for
the entire SoC.

“Market demand is growing for high-performance solutions suitable for fanless,
sub-3 W designs,” said Tareq Bustami, vice president of Product Management for
Freescale’s Digital Networking business. “The QorIQ LS1 family reinforces
Freescale’s market leadership in communications processing and extends the
reach of QorIQ platforms into new and expanding markets.”

In addition to its exceptional power efficiency, the QorIQ LS1 family is
further distinguished by its unprecedented level of integration for a
processor in the sub-3 W power envelope. The LS1 family incorporates an
optimized blend of peripherals and features for fanless embedded applications,
including: LCD controller, ECC protection of all SRAM for maximum reliability,
support for both DDR3L and DDR4 memory, virtualization support, QUICC Engine
technology, SATA3 and USB 3.0 with integrated PHY, all packed into a small
19x19mm SoC footprint.

QorIQ LS1 family products

The pin- and software-compatible LS1 family includes three products:

  *The highly integrated QorIQ LS1020A processor, ideal for fanless
    enterprise and consumer networking applications, such as enterprise access
    points, multi-protocol IoT gateways and security appliances
  *The QorIQ LS1021A processor, which adds integrated display controller and
    industrial interfaces for use in factory/building automation, M2M,
    printing and defense/aerospace applications
  *The cost-optimized QorIQ LS1022A processor, which offers high-reliability
    performance for the most power-sensitive industrial applications with
    extremely aggressive power envelopes

“Freescale’s QorIQ LS1 series is an impressive example of how application
specific IP and SoC design can combine with ARM technology to create a
flexible and integrated product,” said Charlene Marini, vice president,
Marketing, Embedded Segments, ARM. “Freescale is a leading company in
communications processing. Its adoption of ARM Cortex-A7 processors for this
latest product family underscores the exciting role that ARM is playing in
bringing advanced energy efficiency and intelligence to the world’s data

Comprehensive development support

The unique combination of Freescale’s networking expertise with ARM’s
expansive ecosystem gives designers access to comprehensive tools to ease
development. The QorIQ LS1 family is supported by Freescale’s Tower System
modular development platform, featuring an integrated on-board probe for
further cost savings, along with third-party platforms developed by
Freescale’s embedded board solutions partners.

Evaluation kits include a Linux® 3.12 BSP with optimized drivers to support
peripherals, and a six-month evaluation license for CodeWarrior development
tools. Freescale’s VortiQa software provides complete software stacks for
enterprise and SMB networking applications, including gateways, security
appliances and cloud equipment. All QorIQ LS series devices are also supported
by Freescale’s extensive third-party ecosystem.

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Sample quantities of the QorIQ LS1 processors are planned for Q1 2014.

About Freescale Semiconductor

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 MPUs and MCUs
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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of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. Layerscape and
QUICC Engine are trademarks of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. All other product
or service names are the property of their respective owners. ARM and Cortex
are trademark(s) or registered trademarks of ARM Ltd or its subsidiaries. All
other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. ©
2013 Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.


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