NXP Processor Technology

Select one of the the NXP (formerly Freescale) processor families below to learn more about how X‑ES uses them in our products.


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 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 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

XPedite6370 3U VPX SBC


3U VPX-REDI single board computer based on the NXP QorIQ LS2088A processor. The XPedite6370 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.

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.

NXP QorIQ T-Series

Scalable, High-Performance Processing

The NXP 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

XPedite5970 3U VPX SBC


3U OpenVPX™ REDI single board computer based on the NXP QorIQ T2080 processor. Featuring eight virtual (four dual-threaded) e6500 cores and a 128-bit AltiVec technology-based SIMD engine per core, the XPedite5970 maximizes the performance-per-watt capabilities of a Power Architecture®-based processor module.

XPedite6100 XMC/PMC Mezzanine


XMC/PrPMC mezzanine module supporting an NXP QorIQ T1042 processor. The T1042 processor offers four e5500 cores running at up to 1.4 GHz with a single channel of DDR3 ECC 1600 memory, all within a low power envelope. Alternate processors T1022 and T2081 are also available.

XPedite6101 XMC/PrPMC Mezzanine Module


XMC/PrPMC mezzanine module supporting an NXP QorIQ T2081, T1042, or T1022 processor. Maximizing performance with eight virtual (four dual-threaded) e6500 cores running at up to 1.8 GHz, the XPedite6101 provides a compact and cost-effective rugged computing solution with excellent processing performance-per-watt.

XCalibur1832 6U VME SBC


6U VME single board computer with NXP QorIQ T4240 processor, bringing the raw power of 12 dual-threaded e6500 cores running at up to 1.8 GHz with three-channel DDR3 memory and one high-performance 128-bit AltiVec unit per core. Alternate processors T4160 and T4080 are available for more power-conscious applications.

XCalibur1900 6U cPI SBC


6U VME, high-performance, low-power, NXP QorIQ T2080 single board computer providing up to 8 GB of DDR3 ECC SDRAM, two XMC/PrPMC slots, and 512 MB of NOR flash (with redundancy). A feature-rich solution for the next generation of compute-intensive embedded applications supporting Gigabit Ethernet, PMC I/O, USB, SATA, and serial.

XCalibur1931 6U VME SBC


6U VME, high-performance, low-power, NXP QorIQ T2080 single board computer providing up to 8 GB of DDR3 ECC SDRAM. With four dual-threaded e6500 cores running at up to 1.8 GHz, each with a 128-bit AltiVec SIMD unit, the T2080 delivers enhanced performance and efficiency for today’s embedded computing applications.

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