IBM launches new PowerPC embedded processor

IBM Corp. will in November begin mass production of an embedded PowerPC chip, the PowerPC 405EP, designed for WLAN (wireless LAN) access points and other networking applications including DSL (digital subscriber line) routers and cable modems, the company announced Tuesday.

The chip has built-in dual 10/100 Ethernet connectivity, so that designers do not have to add off-chip Ethernet connections, and will support CPU (central processor unit) speeds of 133MHz, 200MHz and 266MHz, the Armonk, New York, company said in a statement.

Based on IBM's 0.18-micron copper process technology, the PowerPC 405EP also features a PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) interface and SDRAM (synchronous dynamic RAM) controller, IBM said.

The company will begin sampling the PowerPC 405EP chip this month at 133MHz, 200MHz and 266MHz and plans to price the 133MHz processor at US$17 each in volumes of 10,000, IBM said.

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