Monday, May 6, 2013

Freescale QorIQ T4240 communications processor leverages Green Hills optimizing compiler to top its own CoreMark record

USA: The QorIQ T4240 multicore communications processor from Freescale Semiconductor has surpassed the record it previously set with the highest CoreMark benchmark score ever recorded for an embedded system-on-chip processor.

Using advanced compiler technology from Green Hills Software, the QorIQ T4240 processor improved its industry-leading CoreMark score from 179,763 to 187,873.

“Freescale is breaking new ground again with the industry-leading performance of the QorIQ T4240 SoC,” said Nikolay Guenov, QorIQ marketing director with Freescale’s Digital Networking business. “Demand for the processor has been exceptional, and we have already doubled our design win goals for the QorIQ T Series. Green Hills technology is unleashing the full potential of this technology.”

CoreMark is an industry-standard benchmark designed by EEMBC, the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium, specifically to test the functionality of a processor core and compare overall core processing capabilities across devices. By successfully approximating real-world performance of embedded devices, the CoreMark score validates leadership performance and allows users to quickly compare processors.

“Green Hills is proud to provide an essential key that unlocks the highest core performance of Freescale’s processors,” said David Kleidermacher, CTO, Green Hills Software. “We’ve refined and optimized our compilers for over 30 years, and with close collaboration with Freescale, we provide our mutual QorIQ processor customers the highest performance levels in networking, industrial and avionics.”

Featuring 24 virtual cores, the 28-nm QorIQ T4240 delivers a compelling combination of hardware acceleration, fabric-based interconnect technology, high speed I/O, hardware-assisted virtualization and 64-bit Power Architecture cores.

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