Processor provides symmetric multiprocessing capabilities.

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Built using two 1.5 GHz e600 Power Architecture cores and leveraging PowerQUICC(TM) SoC platform, dual-core Model MPC8641D is intended for embedded networking, telecom, military, storage, and pervasive computing applications. Each core has its own ECC-protected 1 MB backside L2 cache to circumvent cache thrashing issues. With dual-core performance and integrated northbridge and southbridge functionality, single chip can replace up to 4 chips.

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Freescale Now Shipping Dual-Core MPC8641D Device

MPC8641D set for demonstration at Multicore Expo 2007; EEMBC benchmark results now available

AUSTIN, Texas - March 27, 2007 - Freescale will showcase the advanced capabilities of its MPC8641D dual-core device based on Power Architecture(TM) technology at the second annual Multicore Expo Conference and Exhibition on March 27-29.

Freescale's plans for the event include a demonstration of the symmetric multiprocessing capabilities of the MPC8641D, which is currently shipping and already in use by more than 60 customers. In addition, Freescale's Toby Foster will deliver a presentation on March 27 outlining rational approaches to design choices relative to multi-core devices. The company will exhibit at booth number 36.

Recently released benchmark results from the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium® (EEMBC) show that the MPC8641D performed exceptionally well in a host of tests specific to embedded infrastructure and other applications. The EEMBC-certified benchmark scores are conducted to help designers predict device performance in a range of real-world applications. Detailed score reports are available free of charge on the EEMBC Web site at

"The performance of Freescale's MPC8641D device, as demonstrated by a number of recent EEMBC tests, provides further reinforcement of the value of the Power Architecture," said Markus Levy, president of EEMBC. "These new EEMBC results for the MPC8641D are only the latest in a long list of certified scores provided by Freescale to make its customers aware of the performance characteristics of its offerings."

About the MPC8641D
Built using e600 Power Architecture cores and leveraging the PowerQUICC(TM) system-on-chip (SoC) platform, Freescale's MPC8641D dual-core processor is engineered to deliver breakthrough performance, connectivity and integration for embedded networking, telecom, military, storage and pervasive computing applications. The strength of the device is its integration, which translates into smaller boards and higher processing density. With dual-core performance and integrated northbridge and southbridge functionality, this single chip can replace what could take up to four chips using other solutions. Additionally, all core-to-peripheral connections are internal, so board designers avoid difficulties related to laying out high-speed parallel buses.

The MPC8641D features two e600 cores operating at up to 1.5 GHz - the highest performing cores in Freescale's portfolio today. Each has its own ECC-protected 1 MB backside L2 cache to circumvent "cache thrashing" issues. The per-core AltiVec® 128-bit vector processing engines commonly achieve a 2x to 12x performance increase as demonstrated by EEMBC benchmarks. Peripherals are derived from the field-proven PowerQUICC communication processor family, allowing for significant software reuse across Freescale product lines.

Samples of the MPC8641D and its evaluation board are available now. For MPC8641D pricing information, please contact Freescale Semiconductor or a Freescale sales representative.

EEMBC®, the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium, develops and certifies real-world benchmarks and benchmark scores to help designers select the right embedded processors for their systems. Every processor submitted for EEMBC benchmarking is tested for parameters representing different workloads and capabilities in communications, networking, consumer, office automation, automotive/industrial, embedded Java and microcontroller-related applications. With members including leading semiconductor, intellectual property and compiler companies, EEMBC establishes benchmark standards and provides certified benchmarking results through the EEMBC Technology Center.

About Freescale Semiconductor
Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking and wireless markets. The privately held company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing or sales operations in more than 30 countries. Freescale is one of the world's largest semiconductor companies with 2006 sales of $6.4 billion (USD).

Freescale Technology Forum
The Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) has become the developer event of the year for the embedded semiconductor industry. The Forum, which debuted in 2005, has been enthusiastically received by the global developer community, drawing more than 12,000 attendees at FTF events worldwide since its inception. For more information about FTF events, please go to

EEMBC is a registered trademark of the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium.

Freescale(TM) and the Freescale logo are trademarks of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. © Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. 2007.

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