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7 November 2008

e2v hits twice with new dual-core integrated processors for extended-reliability applications

e2v announced today the availability of two dual-core integrated processors. The PC8641D and the PC8572 are extended-reliability versions of the MPC8641D and MPC8572 from Freescale Semiconductor, the latest and fastest high-reliability devices born of the long-standing partnership between e2v and Freescale Semiconductor.

These two dual-core devices were designed to service massive data processing embedded applications, including radars, flight computers and graphic displays, where reliability over severe environmental conditions is a key success factor. Both products are manufactured on Freescale Semiconductorâ€s 90nm silicon-on-insulator (SOI) CMOS process technology.

“Aerospace and defence system designers are requiring extreme computing performance combined with efficient system connectivity and reliability”, said Eric Marcelot, e2vâ€s Hi-Rel Microprocessors Marketing Manager. “The PC8641D delivers unsurpassed performance to complete the most demanding computational tasks thanks to its AltiVecâ„¢ vector processing unit. Both the PC8641D and the PC8572 System-on-Chip (SoC) platforms allow system designers to solve their most complex system integration challenges”.

The MPC8641D features two superscalar e600 cores running at up to 1250 MHz in a military temperature range of -55°C to +125°C. The e600 core has a 128-bit vector processing unit that is capable of performing data-intensive mathematical functions similarly to a digital signal processor. With 1MB of backside L2 cache for each core, combined with a dual 64 bit DDR2 memory controllers, the 8641D reaches and extremely high bandwidth capability. Also, the 8641D features a broad variety of system interconnect and communication interfaces including a 4-lane Serial RapidIO port, two 8-lane PCI-Express ports and four Gigabit-Ethernet controllers. The PC8641D dual e-600 integrated processor is now available in both industrial and military temperature ranges.

The PC8572 integrates two e500 processor cores which can operate at up to 1200 MHz with an extended temperature range of -40 degree Celsius to +110 degree Celsius. The PC8572 also features 1MB of on-chip L2-cache, a dual DDR2/DDR3 memory controller. and offers multiple connectivity devices including Gigabit Ethernet controllers, Serial RapidIO and PCI Express controllers. The PC8572 dual e-500 integrated processor is now available in industrial temperature, and e2v plans to release the military-temperature version of this product in the first quarter of 2009.

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e2v technologies plc

e2v technologies is a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of specialised components and subsystems, falling within two product groups:

  • Electronic tubes
  • Sensors and Semiconductors

These products enable some of the worldâ€s leading OEMs to deliver innovative systems for medical and science, aerospace and defence, and commercial and industrial applications.

For the year ended 31 March 2008, e2v achieved sales of £205m and is listed on the London Stock Exchange (e2v.l).  In July 2006 e2v technologies plc acquired a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of specialised electronic components and sub-systems, based in Grenoble, France and in May of 2007 e2v plc acquired MiCS Microchemical Systems SA a designer and manufacturer of semiconductor based gas sensors.  These acquisitions strengthen the Groupâ€s position as a major global provider of specialised electronic components and subsystems.

e2vâ€s products are supplied into three core market areas:

  • Medical & Science: Sensor technology includes imaging sensors for intra-oral and panoramic dental X-ray, mammography, life science applications and X-ray microscopy. Electronic tubes are the enabling technology behind radiotherapy cancer treatments, microwave medical therapy and high-energy physics.
  • Aerospace & Defence: Sensor technology includes products for military surveillance, targeting and guidance, space-based imaging and astronomy, radar, electronic warfare, and broadband data converters and microprocessors for aerospace applications.  Electronic tubes provide the enabling technology behind radars, electronic countermeasures (ECM), electronic warfare and satellite communications.
  • Commercial & Industrial: Sensor technology includes marine radars, industrial safety sensors, automotive radars and alarms, thermal imaging cameras used by fire fighters, CCD and CMOS high resolution line scan cameras for industrial inspection. Electronic tubes provide enabling technology behind TV broadcast, satellite communications, marine radar and food & industrial processing.

The overall purpose of the business is to grow sustainable shareholder value whilst appropriately meeting the expectations of customers, people, partners, suppliers and the wider community.  e2vâ€s vision is to create value through bright ideas in technology and materials science. The Companyâ€s mission is to place customers at the heart of the business, providing enabling products of premium quality that extend technical barriers and enhance the competitive position of our partners.

e2v has approximately 1,800 employees worldwide with three UK based manufacturing sites in Chelmsford, Lincoln and High Wycombe, one in Grenoble, France and one in Corcelles, Switzerland.  In addition e2v has sales offices in the UK, USA, Germany, France and Hong Kong, as well as a network of distributors and representatives covering other key territories.

Further information on e2v technologies plc is available from its website,