IBM PowerPC 405EP: new low-power comm processor
IBM announced new low-power PowerPC processor for embedded appliances, including WLAN access points, DSL routers, cable modems, etc.
PowerPC 405EP bases on IBM PowerPC 405 core and features 133, 200, 266 MHz clocks. At that 200 MHz model requries 1W. IBM PowerPC 405EP also includes dual-port 10/100 Ethernet, enabling 802.11a/b access point developers to cut cost prices.
The chip also includes PCI, SDRAM controller, 64-bit CoreConnect bus and support various peripherals.
PowerPC 405EP is made at IBM facilities using 0.18-micron copper SA-27e process. 133, 200, 266 MHz samples will be announced this month. 133 MHz PowerPC 405EP will cost $17 in over 10,000-unit quantities. Volume production is scheduled to November.
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