AMD Announces ÉLAN™SC520 Microcontroller
Powerful x86 controller with integrated chipset functions gives designers a flexible, cost-effective solution for a wide range of embedded application
SUNNYVALE, CA --
AMD today announced the Élan™SC520 microcontroller for the data communications, telecommunications, and information appliance markets. The ÉlanSC520 microcontroller is the newest addition to the E86™ family of embedded microcontrollers based on the industry-standard x86 architecture. The device integrates a 133-MHz Am5x86® processor core with 16Kbytes of write-back cache, PC/AT-compatible peripherals, an SDRAM memory controller, a PCI bus interface, a general-purpose bus interface, and new AMDebug™ technology to enable economical in-circuit emulation (ICE) and system-level debug.
"The ÉlanSC520 microcontroller extends the options available to embedded systems designers, providing fifth-generation x86 performance with the most popular embedded features. Now, embedded products can benefit from AMD's long-term support of the x86 processor architecture coupled with integrated chipset functions," said Bob McConnell, vice president and general manager of AMD's Embedded Processor Division. "The ÉlanSC520 microcontroller gives AMD's embedded customers a cost-effective solution to leverage technologies originally developed for the desktop."
As a member of AMD's E86 family of x86-based controllers, the ÉlanSC520 microcontroller gives systems developers access to the largest base of programmers and existing software while enabling powerful, cost-effective solutions for today's increasingly sophisticated embedded applications. AMD's total solution includes development platforms, royalty-free CodeKit source code, and third-party support.
"For applications such as SOHO gateways, telephony switches and information appliances, the ÉlanSC520 microcontroller is an excellent choice for OEMs looking to take advantage of the x86 instruction set," added McConnell. "They can continue to use the industry's most prevalent architecture to produce products with high performance and fast time-to-market."
Designed to run both 16-bit and 32-bit software, the ÉlanSC520 microcontroller supports the full spectrum of operating systems available for the x86 architecture. Any operating system compatible with x86 can be ported to run on the ÉlanSC520 microcontroller.
AMD's Leadership in Embedded x86 Products
"Embedded systems engineers have unique needs, and AMD continues to serve these customers with the dedicated engineering support needed to bring their designs to market," said Rex Meek, director of marketing and systems engineering for AMD's Embedded Processor Division. "AMD's experience in the embedded market has shown that superior customer support and fast time-to-market are as critical to the success of the total product as the silicon solution itself. AMDebug technology integrated into the ÉlanSC520 microcontroller is an example of AMD delivering features in its products that can improve the development cycle for our embedded customers.
"Our customers have made significant investments in their x86 embedded products, and the ÉlanSC520 microcontroller extends the performance of the Élan microcontroller family while preserving much of their existing software," added Meek. "The x86 instruction set is mature, robust and has a wide range of tools and programmers to help bring products to market quickly. AMD's E86 family of embedded x86 processors continues to offer a wide range of performance using a single instruction set, from our Am186™ microcontrollers to the AMD-K6®E microprocessor. These devices demonstrate AMD's commitment to supporting our embedded customers with a continuum of products compatible with the largest base of installed software in the world."
The E86 family is supported by development solutions including an extensive complement of third-party development tools, protocol stacks, device drivers, and operating systems. AMD works closely with leading developers to leverage the tremendous investment and experience developed for the PC market and applied to the embedded market. This provides significant time-to-market advantages, volume production economies of scale, and ready availability of existing hardware and software. Support is available from Applied Microsystems, CAD-UL, General Software, Microsoft, and QNX.
Pricing and Availability
The ÉlanSC520 microcontroller is sampling now to selected OEM customers. General sampling is planned to begin in Q4 1999, with volume production slated for Q1 2000. Available in a 388-pin plastic BGA package, the microcontroller is planned to be available in 100-MHz and 133-MHz clock speeds. Pricing is planned to start at $38 for the 133-MHz ??anSC520 microcontroller and at $33 for the 100-MHz ?anSC520 microcontroller in 10K-unit quantities through AMD distributors.
Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements of management's expectations involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. Any forward-looking statement about AMD microcontrollers involves risks and uncertainties including whether the company will produce the processors in volumes required by customers. Investors are urged to consult the risks and uncertainties detailed in the company reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission