Freescale Semiconductor says it will scale its QorIQ multicore processor portfolio down to 16nm FinFET process technology to better target the Internet of Things (IoT).
Freescale (Austin, Texas) claims the next-generation of QorIQ processors deliver twice the performance of its similar 28nm products. The company says it has completed the initial evaluation and testing on 16nm FinFET technology. It is now applying its findings to next-node implementation of cores, hardware accelerators, interconnect fabrics and other intellectual property (IP).
Freescale says it hopes to stay ahead of networks where change is being driven by the convergence of virtualization, software-centric network topologies, the expansion of IoT and the demand for flexible intelligence. Tom Deitrich, senior VP and GM of Freescale’s Digital Networking group, says this change in networks favors semiconductor vendors that have advanced process technology and a “breadth of critical IP like software, advanced acceleration engines and optimized compute densities.”
The company also plans to create semi-custom designs at the 16nm FinFET level for new IP that engineers can use in virtualized networks. Using the QorIQ portfolio, Freescale says its customers can mix and match IP alongside their own IP to differentiate products in the marketplace.
System-on-chips based on 16nm FinFET QorIQ portfolio will begin sampling in mid-2016, the company says.
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