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The NXP Power Architecture QorIQ Platforms: Architectural Benefits for Small Form Factor Embedded Applications

June 23, 2017 | BY: Mike Slonosky

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Today's embedded, aerospace and defense industries rely heavily on modern, embedded technology solutions that cater to the power, size, and performance requirements needed for mission-critical systems. For over 20 years, NXP (formerly Freescale) Power Architecture microprocessors have provided reliable, scalable processing options to suppliers of Single Board Computers (SBCs) used in embedded compute-intensive applications. Power Architecture's adoption of multicore processing technology and virtualization in the last 6 years, as well as its support for legacy upgrades, has further strengthened its reputation as a leader in processor innovation.

The Power Architecture QorIQ family of System on a Chip (SoC) platforms, introduced by Freescale in 2008, offers designers a range of advanced SOCs, with different levels of performance, power, cost and programmability in a compact package. Curtiss-Wright is using QorIQ SOCs to meet the size, weight, and power demands of embedded electronics on the 3U Power Architecture VPX3-131 and VPX3-133 SBCs, maximizing performance and functionality while minimizing power. Through the P4080 used in the VPX3-131, and the T2080 used in the VPX3-133, this white paper will illustrate why Power Architecture continues to be an excellent choice for use in small form factor embedded applications.

System on a Chip: Power Architecture QorIQ Processors

In 2008, Freescale released its QorIQ line of microprocessors; each one is a SoC that combines the embedded processor, memory controllers, timing sources, USB and Ethernet controllers, power management circuits, DMA controllers, flexible SerDes and software, allowing one chip to perform all the functionality that previously required several devices. This integration provides many benefits such as:

  • lower power
  • higher performance
  • improved efficiency
  • lower overall manufacturing cost
  • simplified board design
  • greater system reliability
  • smaller footprint required for small form factor applications

Author’s Biography

Mike Slonosky

Senior Product Manager, Power Architecture and Arm SBCs

Michael Slonosky is the Product Manager for Power Architecture Single Board Computers in the C4 Solutions group at Curtiss-Wright. He has been with Curtiss-Wright for 13 years after spending over 20 years in the telecom industry. Mike is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering.

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