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Faraday launches SoC evaluation platform for cloud

21 Nov 2013

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Faraday Technology has introduced its ARM-based SoCreative! IV evaluation platform with A380 SoC chip in 40nm low-power process. The platform features processors and interfaces to address the increasing needs of the cloud infrastructure market. The product, designed to accelerate SoC development, has potential applications in networking, computing, and storage.

The heart of SoCreative! IV platform is an A380 SoC, which has a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 (1GHz) and a FA626TE (500MHz), with either one configurable to be the main processor, depending on customers' application requirements. A380 integrates multiple high-speed interfaces, including DDR3-1600, PCIE-Gen3, SRIO, SGMII, and USB2.0 (OTG), with AHB extension bus available for connection to FPGA. With these features, customers can take advantage of the foundation work done by A380, and expand it to create full custom SoC with their own IP blocks.

"In the Cloud infrastructure market, the optimisation of performance and power and shortest time-to-market are keys to success. SoCreative! IV is thus designed to be used as a development and evaluation platform for easy adoption of A380 to target applications," said Jason Hung, RD Vice President at Faraday. "With this latest silicon-proven SoCreative! IV platform, customers can accelerate SoC development by as much as 12 months, while reducing much of the integration complexity and design risk," he added.

With FPGA extension bus, SoCreative! IV enables immediate validation of custom logic and software development. Comprising the complete hardware evaluation system and software development package, SoCreative! IV redefines what can be done to accelerate SoC development, and reflects Faraday's continual commitment to be the best and trusted SoC partner for cloud infrastructure applications.

The company is slated to demonstrate the product at the upcoming Embedded Technology event in Japan.




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