Freescale Semiconductor’s flagship QorIQ T4240 communications processor with AltiVec software libraries provided by Mentor Graphics Corporation. Running on the next-generation AltiVec engine, the signal-processing libraries allow users to realize super-computing performance from Freescale’s QorIQ T series processors while adhering to the size, weight and power requirements of embedded computing.
The AltiVec engine is a distinguishing feature of Freescale’s QorIQ T series processors, offering 172 GFLOPS of vector processing – more than seven times the performance of Freescale’s previous AltiVec-enabled device. AltiVec technology addresses high-bandwidth data processing and algorithmic-intensive computations for applications such as networking, medical and industrial imaging, printing and aerospace and defense. With the engine’s single instruction, multiple data (SIMD) signal processing, customers can improve the performance of their new or pre-existing AltiVec code, while building smarter and more capable autonomous equipment.
The Mentor Embedded Performance Library for Freescale’s AltiVec technology is available now for download from Mentor Graphics in binary form at no cost. Easier to use than ever, this rich software helps increase developer productivity and speed product development for 32-bit and 64-bit applications.
Mentor Graphics’ low-level High Performance Computing (HPC) library of advanced math and signal processing functions provides a robust embedded software foundation for fast, reliable development of end-user software. The library of functions includes more than 250 math and signal processing functions such as Fast Fourier Transforms (FFT), convolutions, correlations, FIR filters, IIR filters, element-wise vector functions and linear algebra functions.
In addition to the availability of Mentor’s new software, Freescale ecosystem partner Creative Electronic Systems (CES) recently introduced the first commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS) board solution based on the QorIQ T4240 device. The CES offering is a 3U VPX single board computer which integrates a QorIQ T4240 processor. The system is engineered for embedded, high-performance computing platforms in the aerospace and defense market.
About the QorIQ T4240 processor
The first SoC in the QorIQ T series, Freescale’s flagship 28-nm T4240 has 12 physical dual-threaded cores supporting 24 virtual cores. With frequencies scaling to 1.8 GHz, large caches, hardware acceleration and advanced system peripherals, these products target applications that benefit from consolidation of control and data plane processing in a single SoC. Delivering DSP-level floating point performance, AltiVec technology is built into Freescale’s multithreaded, 64-bit Power Architecture e6500 core, which is a key element of Freescale’s QorIQ T series of multicore processors.