NXP Processor Technology

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Introducing the NXP QorIQ ARM Processor

The NXP QorIQ ARM processors, built on the revolutionary Layerscape architecture, provide next-generation processing performance with the efficiency demanded by networking, telecom, wireless infrastructure, industrial control, military, and aerospace applications. The LS10xx and LS20xx processor families on X-ES ARM-based single board computers and processor mezzanines are available in two, four, and eight-core configurations for scalable processing power and minimal power consumption, offering the most advantageous blend of performance.

NXP includes both ARM and PowerPC processor architectures in their Layerscape product family, for hardware and software compatibility across a networked system or application. This unique, core-agnostic architecture incorporates an optimum core, whether it is ARM or Power Architecture, for the given application.

Layerscape’s available I/O, such as multiple Gigabit Ethernet ports, multiple PCI Express ports, USB, and SATA, as well as ARM’s ultra-low power advantages, allow for an embedded processing solution without compromises.

NXP QorIQ ARM-based XPedite6401 magnified
NXP QorIQ ARM XMC/PMC Module XPedite6401

Proven Features Well-Suited for Embedded Applications

ARM has long been the standard of excellence in low-power processing, and NXP has recently committed to additional improvements in ARM processing performance. This includes adding support for 64-bit processors in ARMv8, which includes A53 and A57 cores. With the recent of addition of the A72 core to replace the A57 in higher performance applications, NXP has further enhanced the appeal and computing capabilities of ARM for the embedded computing market.

ARM TrustZone is integrated into Layerscape devices, including support for Secure Boot, Tamper Detection, and Access Control for memory and peripherals. Secure Boot can prevent unsigned code from being executed, rather than permitting any arbitrary code to run. ARM TrustZone can execute in secure and non-secure states, partitioning resources such as memory and cache, based on the application’s state of execution. This expands the capabilities of ARM multi-core devices for applications that require secure and unsecure tasks.

X-ES leverages the ARM TrustZone security features and increased processing performance of 64-bit ARM Cortex cores, without sacrificing on power consumption, along with a familiar Linux environment, to provide ideal embedded computing solutions wherever low-power applications are required.

Featured NXP QorIQ ARM Products

XPedite6401 XMC/PrPMC Mezzanine Module


XMC/PrPMC mezzanine module that supports an NXP QorIQ LS1043A processor with four 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 cores operating at up to 1.6 GHz. The LS10xxA processor family delivers excellent networking performance and flexible I/O options in a single System-on-Chip (SoC) design, making it the logical choice for Small Form Factor (SFF) networking and rugged industrial embedded computing applications.

The XPedite6401 supports up to 8 GB of DDR4-1600 ECC SDRAM memory in its default configuration with the LS1043A processor.

XPedite6370 3U VPX SBC


3U VPX-REDI single board computer based on the NXP (formerly Freescale) QorIQ LS2088A processor. It provides a rugged, feature-rich, processing solution that maximizes the performance-per-watt capabilities of an ARM-based processor module.

The LS2088A processor offers eight ARM® Cortex®-A72 CPUs, running at up to 2.0 GHz and integrates a 128-bit NEON™-based SIMD engine for each core. The integrated NEON™ SIMD engines allow the XPedite6370 to support DSP-level Floating-Point performance and an extensive inventory of software libraries.

NXP QorIQ T-Series

Scalable, High-Performance Processing

The NXP (formerly Freescale) QorIQ T-Series family of processors offers the embedded computing market the latest in control and data plane processing while still delivering maximum, dependable performance in even the harshest of environments.

T-Series processors offer scalability throughout their various tiers, from modest, mid-range models all the way up to the high-performance top-tier processors. X-ES has experience integrating the T1, T2, and T4 families of processors into a variety of single board computers and processor mezzanine modules in 3U VPX, XMC/PMC, 6U VPX, and 6U VME form factors.

All of X-ES’ boards that support QorIQ T-Series processors can be configured to suit a customer’s specific power and processing requirements.

Advanced Features for Accelerated Computing Power

NXP QorIQ T-Series processors offer a broad range of solutions from single- to dual- to multicore devices, featuring up to 24 virtual cores.

They improve on NXP’s proven P-Series’ 45 nm process technology scaling down to just 28 nm. The feature size reduction, along with improved power management techniques, allow a power reduction of up to 50%. The T-Series also introduced the e6500 core, a multithreaded 64-bit Power Architecture® core operating at up to 2.5 GHz. Each e6500 core also integrates an NXP AltiVec SIMD engine to provide DSP-level Floating-Point performance.

X-ES NXP QorIQ T-Series products feature a plethora of COTS I/O options, including 10 Gigabit Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, XAUI, USB 2.0, SATA, RS-232/422/485 serial, and XMC/PMC mezzanines.

Featured NXP QorIQ T-Series Products

XPedite6101 XMC/PrPMC Mezzanine Module


XMC/PrPMC mezzanine module supporting the NXP QorIQ T2081, T1042, or T1022 processor. Maximizes performance with eight virtual (four dual-threaded) e6500 cores running at up to 1.8 GHz.


XPedite5970 3U VPX SBC


3U OpenVPX™ SBC based on the NXP QorIQ T2080 processor. Features eight virtual (four dual-threaded) e6500 cores and a 128-bit AltiVec technology-based SIMD engine per core.


XCalibur1931 6U VME SBC


6U VME, high-performance, low-power, NXP QorIQ T2080 SBC providing up to 8 GB of DDR3-1866 ECC SDRAM. It features 10GbE, GbE, USB, SATA, serial, and PMC I/O.

XCalibur1840 6U VPX SBC


6U VPX SBC supporting NXP QorIQ T4 processors. With 12 dual-threaded e6500 cores running at up to 1.8 GHz, 128-bit AltiVec unit per core, and three-channel DDR3 memory.

NXP QorIQ P-Series

Multicore Solutions for a Variety of Applications

NXP (formerly Freescale) QorIQ P-Series processors are an evolution of the prior, PowerQUICC™ processor family. These processors introduced the QorIQ platform, which allowed for a wide variety of processors, from a single core 800 MHz 32-bit processor, up to a quad-core 2.4 GHz 64-bit processor.

The integrated acceleration engines are capable of performing computationally intensive tasks while minimizing processor usage, freeing up the processor for other uses.

Each processor core is capable of operating independently of the other cores, which ensures safe and autonomous operation of multiple, individual operating systems. This makes P-Series an ideal solution for high-performance, long-life applications such as military/aerospace and commercial embedded markets.

Unstoppable Processing in Rugged Environments

X-ES offers a full line-up of P-Series processor-based single board computers and processor mezzanines in industry-standard form factors, including 3U VPX, 3U cPCI, COM Express®, XMC/PMC, 6U VPX, and 6U cPCI.

With their highly-capable P-Series processor, these boards are able to perform complex processing tasks in demanding environments, all within a balanced and efficient System-on-Chip (SoC) package.

X-ES NXP QorIQ processor boards are available in air-cooled and conduction-cooled variants, and support operation in ruggedized environments from -40°C to +85°C board rail surface temperature, per MIL-STD-810F Method 501.4 Procedure II and Method 502.4 Procedure II.

Featured NXP QorIQ P-Series Products

XPedite5470 3U VPX-REDI SBC


3U VPX-REDI SBC supporting NXP QorIQ P3, P4, and P5 processors. It features up to eight, powerful e500mc cores running at up to 1.5 GHz and dual-channel DDR3 memory.

XPedite5650 COM Express® Mezzanine Module


Ruggedized COM Express® Mini module that supports an enhanced Type 10 pinout and the NXP QorIQ P2041 processor with up to 4 GB of DDR3-1333 ECC SDRAM and four PowerPC e500mc cores.

XPedite5501 XMC/PMC Module


High-performance, low-power XMC/PrPMC mezzanine module with a NXP QorIQ P2020 processor, GbE, USB, serial, and a detachable front panel with GbE and RS-232 serial for development.

XCalibur1641 6U VPX SBC


6U VPX SBC featuring the NXP QorIQ P4080 processor with up to 16 GB DDR3 ECC SDRAM and many I/O options, including four GbE ports, USB, serial, and XMC/PrPMC interfaces.


A History of Efficient Computing

The NXP (formerly Freescale) PowerQUICC™ III processor family was designed to serve markets requiring the performance of a dual e500 Power Architecture™ core processor capable of running at up to 1.5 GHz. It was built on NXP’s 90 nm silicon-on-insulator (SOI) copper interconnect process technology, and is able to support significant performance increase without compromising on power.

The PowerQUICC™ III is ideally suited to the needs of the embedded computing market given its multiple high-speed interfaces, PCI Express, and Serial RapidIO, making it excellent at networking and communications.

Uncompromising Features Designed to Serve

X-ES has been utilizing NXP processor technology in our single board computers and processor mezzanines since the era of PowerQUICC™. We have the experience and expertise to be able to continually deliver industry-leading, NXP-based products that serve our customers’ needs for many years.

The top-tier NXP PowerQuicc™ III MPC8572E processor is still supported today in several of X-ES’ single board computers, thanks in part to NXP’s Product Longevity Program, which guarantees supply of a processor for a minimum of 10 years after launch.

These PowerQuicc™ III MPC8572E processor-based boards boast a host of features, including Gigabit Ethernet, x8 PCI Express or x4 Serial RapidIO, PCI-X, XMC/PMC I/O, RS-232/422/485 serial, and more.

Featured NXP PowerQUICC™ III Products

XPedite5201 Freescale MPC8548E PowerQUICC™ III XMC/PMC Module


High-performance XMC/PrPMC mezzanine module featuring the NXP PowerQUICC™ III MPC8548E processor running at up to 1.333 GHz. The onboard processor provides integrated 64-bit PCI-X, DDR2-400/533 SDRAM, PCI Express, and two Gigabit Ethernet interfaces.

XPedite5200 Freescale MPC8548E XMC/PMC Module


High-performance XMC/PrPMC mezzanine module featuring the NXP PowerQUICC™ III MPC8548E processor running at up to 1.333 GHz. The onboard processor provides integrated 64-bit PCI-X, DDR2-400/533 SDRAM, PCIe/Serial RapidIO, and four GbE interfaces.

XCalibur1502 6U cPCI SBC


High-performance, multiprocessing, 6U cPCI SBC supporting the NXP PowerQUICC™ III MPC8572E processor, two separate channels of up to 4 GB (2 GB each) DDR2-800 ECC SDRAM, two XMC/PrPMC slots, as well as 256 MB of NOR flash (with redundancy).

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