SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—October 23, 2006— Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC) (NASDAQ: AMCC) today announced that the newest version of the PowerPC 440SPe has been released to production, increasing core performance to 800MHz (1600 DMIPS). Integrated with RAID 5 and RAID 6 acceleration hardware, this product delivers 20% higher performance compared to the previous version.
The 440SPe combines a wide variety of features including multiple
PCI Express interfaces, multiple hardware RAID engines, a
crossbar-based on chip bus architecture providing 12.8 Gigabytes per
second of on chip data bandwidth, and a DDR2 memory controller
supporting up to DDR800 memory devices. The 440SPe processor targets
storage applications such as internal and external RAID controllers
for SAN, NAS and DAS systems.
"Today's storage industry demands ever increasing bandwidth and
the latest interface technologies. AMCC offers the highest bandwidth
storage processors on the market," said Sam Fuller, vice president of
marketing at AMCC. "The 440SPe specifically addresses storage market
requirements such as RAID 5 and RAID 6 support, system redundancy,
battery-backed memory support and support for PCI Express interfaces."
The 440SPe is the first processor to include three separate PCI
Express and one PCI-X interfaces and optional RAID 5 and RAID 6
hardware acceleration technology. The product is uniquely architected
to meet the demand for high connectivity, high bandwidth and reliable
data processing. Customers benefit from an internal bus capable of
data rates of 12.8GB/s, and a dual ported memory controller able to
support up to 16GB of DDR1 or DDR2 memories. The multiple PCI Express
interfaces include one 8-lane and two 4-lane PCI Express ports, each
independently configurable as either root complex or end point, and a
64-bit PCI-X interface for expanded interconnectivity. The PCI express
buffering is optimized for high bandwidth transactions achieving 94%
sustained data transfer efficiency for inbound and outbound transfers.
The 440SPe is able to execute high-speed DMA transfers to and from
memory with sustained bandwidth in excess of 2GB/s, perform RAID 5 or
RAID 6 P&Q parity calculations, and carry out PCI Express to PCI
Express bridge functions with minimal CPU overhead. With its highly
efficient architecture and on-chip RAID hardware acceleration, the
440SPe has world class RAID 5 and RAID 6 performance. The 440SPe works
seamlessly with AMCC's 440GX front-end for iSCSI applications and
complements the 440SP, a PCI-X version of AMCC's growing family of
Through the AMCC Partners Program, AMCC's PowerPC embedded
processors are supported by an ecosystem of industry-leading suppliers
of operating systems, hardware/software development tools, embedded
software, board-level products, and system design services. For full
details of the products and services available through the AMCC
Partners Program, or to browse support available for a specific
processor, please visit: http://www.amcc.com/Embedded/Partners/.
Pricing and Availability
The PowerPC 440SPe is currently available in volume production.
AMCC's 440SPe is packaged in a 27mm x 27mm, 1mm pitch, 675-ball
FC-PBGA. The product is available in standard and lead-free RoHS
compliant packaging. The distribution suggested resale pricing for the
440SPe processor in standard or lead-free package starts at $115 in
25K quantities. For additional information, please contact your local
AMCC sales office, representative or authorized AMCC Distributor.
Contact information can be found at http://www.amcc.com/Sales/.
AMCC is a global leader in network and embedded PowerPC
processing, optical transport and storage solutions. Our products
enable the development of converged IP-based networks offering
high-speed secure data, high-definition video and high-quality voice
for carrier, metropolitan, access and enterprise applications. AMCC
provides networking equipment vendors with industry-leading
communications processing, Ethernet, SONET and switch fabric
solutions. AMCC is also the leading vendor of high-port count SATA
RAID controllers enabling low-cost, high-performance, high-capacity
storage. AMCC's corporate headquarters are located in Sunnyvale,
California. Sales and engineering offices are located throughout the
world. For further information regarding AMCC, please visit our web
site at http://www.amcc.com.
Forward Looking Statements
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the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
Forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as expects,
anticipates, plans, believes, estimates, will or words of similar
meaning. Such forward-looking statements, including statements
relating to the products discussed in this press release, are subject
to a number of risks and uncertainties, including the risk that the
products may not be successfully or timely developed, completed or
manufactured or achieve market acceptance, risks relating to general
economic conditions, as well as the risks and uncertainties set forth
in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, and in the Company's
other SEC filings. As a result of these risks and uncertainties,
actual results may differ materially from these forward-looking
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release are made as of the date hereof and AMCC does not assume any
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result of new information, future developments or otherwise.
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