Monday, August 15, 2011

Military & Aerospace Electronics Magazine August 2011

Competition for microprocessor preference in the aerospace and defense embedded computing industry is heating up with the introduction of a next-generation Power Architecture processor by Freescale Semiconductor Inc. in Austin, Texas, as an alternative to the 2nd Generation Core i7 processor by Intel Corp. in Santa Clara, Calif. Freescale's new QorlQ Advanced Multiprocessing (AMP) series brings back floating-point processing that had been standard in previous generations of Freescale AltiVec processors popular for aerospace and defense digital signal processing (DSP) applications, such as radar, sonar, electronic warfare, and signals intelligence. Freescale had abandoned the AltiVec floating-point engine in its QorlQ microprocessors a few years ago because of a perceived lack of interest from core target markets, which served to alienate many of the company's aerospace and defense customers, who had come to depend on the AltiVec architecture as one way to avoid using dedicated DSP chips in signal processing-intense applications.