Power Architecture Becomes More Readily Available

April 6, 2007
Freescale Semiconductor licensing its e200 core technology.

In an effort to extend the reach of Power Architecture technology in the embedded market, Freescale Semiconductor is licensing its e200 core family to designers of system-on-chip (SoC) devices and application-specific semiconductor products (ASSPs.)

The e200 cores, which are widely used in the automotive industry, will be licensed through an agreement with semiconductor intellectual property (IP) licensing specialist IPextreme Inc.

Freescale and IPextreme are members of Power.org, the open, collaborative organization that enables, develops and promotes Power Architecture technology.

"This licensing arrangement will help further extend Power Architecture technology within the automotive industry and help to proliferate e200 cores into other markets, such as low-end, low-power embedded network applications," said Paul Grimme, general manager of Freescale's Transportation & Standard Products Group.

The licensing initiative gives designers ready access to a full range of high-performance, low-power, small-footprint cores that are software compatible with the extensive Power Architecture installed base and that are supported by a large and growing ecosystem of development tools.

Power Architecture technology is the leading 32-bit MCU architecture for the automotive industry and the dominant architecture for powertrain control. "Nearly half the estimated 64 million automobiles expected to be sold this year will use high-performance microcontrollers (MCUs) based on Power Architecture cores, and we are delighted to make these verified and proven cores available to other companies designing SoCs and ASSPs through our IP commercialization program," said Warren Savage, IPextreme CEO.

For more information about the Power Architecture e200 core-licensing program, visit http://www.freescale.com/files/pr/powerarchitecture.html

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