Freescale Communications Processors Now Include Hardware to Increase Time Synch Precision, Supported by Protocol Software From IXXATAUSTIN, Texas—(BUSINESS WIRE)—July 17, 2006— Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) (NYSE: FSL.B) has teamed with IXXAT, a leading supplier of industrial and automotive communications solutions, to offer comprehensive IEEE 1588(R) time-synchronization protocol solutions for PowerQUICC(TM) communications processors built on Power Architecture(TM) technology. To showcase this collaboration, IXXAT is demonstrating the IEEE 1588 protocol running on the MPC8349E PowerQUICC II Pro processor at the Freescale Technology Forum, July 24-27 in Orlando, Fla.
Target applications for the IEEE 1588 protocol include time-sensitive telecommunication services, which require precision time synchronization between communicating nodes. IEEE 1588 is used in industrial network switches, which synchronize sensors and actuators over a single wire distributed control network to control an automated assembly process. The protocol also is used in powerline networks, which synchronize across large-scale distributed power grid switches to enable smooth transfer of power. Test/measurement devices, which must maintain accurate time synchronization with devices under test in many different operating environments, are also a prime application for the IEEE 1588 protocol.
"Freescale and IXXAT have worked together for several years to support industrial protocols on ColdFire(R) microcontrollers, local interconnect network (LIN) physical layer devices, FlexRay(TM) communication controllers and other processors built on Power Architecture technology," said Glenn Beck, industrial segment manager for Freescale's Digital Systems Division. "This collaboration around PowerQUICC processors leverages our strong relationship with IXXAT to serve industrial customers who need higher performance to support the 'Ethernet everywhere' trend. It also benefits telecom and networking customers who are rapidly adopting IEEE 1588 time synchronization, as well as the flood of other applications migrating from 8-bit controllers to highly integrated 32-bit controllers."
"By working together, IXXAT and Freescale are addressing a common complaint among industrial automation users -- that an Ethernet interface is too expensive to be used on a lower resolution device, such as a pressure transducer," said Bill Seitz, president of IXXAT North America. "IXXAT and Freescale plan to change this viewpoint by offering a pre-configured, commercial off-the-shelf solution for a range of PowerQUICC processors. This is an important benefit considering that even the lowest cost sensors can implement a lower-speed millisecond-level PowerQUICC processor while still operating in a high-performance, nanosecond-level synchronized network."
IXXAT's IEEE 1588 protocol support for PowerQUICC II Pro processors represents the first in a series of IXXAT protocol offerings planned for the PowerQUICC family. The protocol is planned to be available for Freescale processors with QUICC Engine(TM) technology, such as the MPC8360E PowerQUICC II Pro family.
Freescale's QUICC Engine technology and enhanced triple-speed Ethernet controller (eTSEC) are the first PowerQUICC communications interfaces to optimize IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) in hardware. These new interfaces time-stamp Ethernet packets at the physical/datalink layer the instant they enter or leave the device. This results in the highest possible timing accuracy for PowerQUICC devices that implement the increasingly popular IEEE 1588 protocol. QUICC Engine technology and eTSEC are included in a wide range of PowerQUICC devices designed to meet low-to-high performance, power and price targets for applications that connect devices through Ethernet.
Development tools, services and software
Customers may evaluate the IEEE 1588 solution by ordering the Freescale evaluation board, board support package and CodeWarrior(R) development tools (free 30-day evaluation software package) from Freescale at www.freescale.com/powerquicc. IEEE 1588 PTP protocol software is available from IXXAT at http://www.ixxat.com/ieee_1588_stack_en,18393,5873.html.
For production use, the IXXAT IEEE 1588 protocol stack can be licensed as full software source code to a product or product line. Source code enables the user to customize the stack modules and interfaces and to meet application-specific requirements. In addition, IXXAT offers hardware and software development services for customers who want to customize IEEE 1588 onto their Power Architecture processor-based platform or to implement an entire solution or product using this and other industrial protocols.
IXXAT industrial protocols solutions are widely used in a variety of systems from industrial automation leaders such as B&R Automation, WAGO, Lenze and Schneider Electric. For more information about the IXXAT IEEE 1588 protocol software, contact Bill Seitz at IXXAT, Inc. at 603-471-0800, ext. 102 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Freescale Semiconductor Inc. (NYSE: FSL) (NYSE: FSL.B) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking and wireless markets. Freescale became a publicly traded company in July 2004. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing or sales operations in more than 30 countries. Freescale, a member of the S&P 500(R), is one of the world's largest semiconductor companies with 2005 sales of $5.8 billion (USD).
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